Mark Twain's America
A Celebration in Words and Images
By Harry L. Katz
An illustrated tribute to Mark Twain's life and work, featuring rare illustrations, photographs, popular and fine prints, and more from the Library of Congress.
Mark Twain is an American icon. We now know him as the author of classics, but in his day he was a controversial satirist and public figure who traveled the world and healed post-Civil War America with his tall tales, witty anecdotes, and humorous but insightful novels and stories. Twain's legacy continues to flourish over 100 years after his death.
MARK TWAIN'S AMERICA features spectacular examples of Twain memorabilia and period Americana from the unsurpassed collections of the Library of Congress: rare illustrations, vintage photographs, popular and fine prints, period views, caricatures, cartoons, maps and more. Excerpts from Twain's writings are framed in a lively narrative by author Harry L. Katz.
Covering the years between 1850 and 1910, the book gives readers an intimate view of Twain's many roles in life: Mississippi river boat pilot, California gold prospector, 'printer's devil' at a small-town newspaper, muckraking journalist, novelist, public speaker extraordinaire, America's first major celebrity author. Through letters, political cartoons, photographs and more, MARK TWAIN's AMERICA offers an inside look into TWAIN's life as well as the literary, social and political life of America during this time.
Harry L. Katz is former Head Curator in the Library of Congress' Division of Prints and Photographs and the author of Baseball Americana, a cultural history of baseball that is chock full of photos, cartoons, and other historical artefacts.
The founder and editor of Lapham's Quarterly (2007 - ), Lewis Lapham was for thirty years (1976-2006), editor of Harper's Magazine. The author of thirteen books, among them Money and Class in America, Theatre of War, The Wish for Kings, Lapham in 2007 was inducted into the American Society of Magazine Editor's Hall of Fame. Educated at Yale and Cambridge Universities, he lives in New York City.
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30 Oct 2014
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Little, Brown US