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Samuel Clemens, the man known to history as Mark Twain, was more than one of America's greatest writers. He was our first true celebrity, one of the most photographed faces of the 19th and 20th centuries.This course explores Twain's dual identities as one of our classic authors and as an almost mythical presence in our nation's cultural life. It seeks to appreciate Twain's literary achievements and to understand his life by highlighting seven of his major works: ? Innocents Abroad ? Roughing It ? Old Times on the Mississippi ? The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ? Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ? A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court ? The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson.Professor Stephen Railton is extraordinarily qualified to bring to light the subtlest insights into Twain's texts. An expert on Twain, he has appeared on The Newshour with Jim Lehrer as a distinguished Twain scholar and is the creator of Mark Twain in His Times, an award-winning Internet archive about Twain's life and career. Professor Railton shows the issues that concerned Twain most throughout his lifetime and that appear repeatedly in the pages of his books.
1 Needing No Introduction?
2 From Samuel Clemens to Mark Twain
3 The Sense of Mark Twain's Humor
4 Marketing Twain
5Innocents Abroad, I—Going East
6Innocents Abroad, II—Traveling to Unlearn
7Roughing It—Going West
8 The Lecture Tours
9 The Whittier After-Dinner Speech
10 "Old Times on the Mississippi"
11The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
12 The Performances of Tom Sawyer
13Huck Finn, I—Defining an American Voice
14Huck Finn, II—The Quest for Freedom
15Huck Finn, III—The Great American Novel?
16Huck Finn, IV—Classrooms and Controversy
17Connecticut Yankee, I—Unwriting the Middle Ages
18 Connecticut Yankee, II—Revisiting the Nineteenth Century
19Connecticut Yankee, III—The Quest for Status
20Pudd'nhead Wilson—Fictions of Law and Custom
21 Anti-Imperialist Works
22 Late Twain in Public
23 Late Twain in Private
24 Sam Clemens is Dead/Long Live Mark Twain