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Mark Twain: Preacher, Prophet, and Social Philosopher

Gary Scott Smith


Mark Twain is one of the most fascinating figures in American history. His literary works have intrigued, illuminated, inspired, and irritated millions from the late 1860s to the present. Twain was arguably America’s greatest writer from 1870 to 1910. In an era of mostly lackluster presidents and before the advent of movie, radio, television, and sports stars, Twain was probably the most popular person in America during the 1890s and competed with only Theodore Roosevelt for the title in the 1900s; his celebrity status exceeded that of European kings. Twain’s varied experiences as a journeyman ... More

Keywords: religious convictions, faith, God, Christianity, Bible, imperialism, social criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780192894922
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780192894922.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Scott Smith, author
Grove City College

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