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As Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens straddled the conflicts between culture and commerce that characterized the era he named the Gilded Age. In Littery Man, Richard Lowry examines how Twain used these conflicts in his major texts to fashion an autobiography of authorship, a narrative of his own claims to literary authority at that moment when the American Writer emerged as a profession. Drawing on wide range of cultural genres--popular boys' fiction, childbearing manuals, travel narratives, autobiography, and criticism and fiction of the period--Lowry reconstructs how Twain participated in remaking the literary into a powerful social category of representation. He shows how, as one of our cultures first modern celebrities, Samuel Clemens transformed his life into the artful performance we have come to know as Mark Twain, and his texts into a searching critique of modern identity in a mass-mediated society. Littery Man will appeal to both Twain scholars and to scholars and
students of nineteenth-century American literature and culture.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780195102123
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publisher Imprint: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Height: 243 mm
  • No of Pages: 192
  • Series Title: Commonwealth Center Studies in American Culture
  • Weight: 531 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0195102126
  • Publisher Date: 27 Jun 1996
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 21 mm
  • Width: 166 mm

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