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Mark Twain, American Humorist (Hardcover) (Tracy Wuster)

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Mark Twain, American Humorist examines the ways that Mark Twain’s reputation developed at home and abroad in the period between 1865 and 1882, years in which he went from a regional humorist to national and international fame. In the late 1860s, Mark Twain became the exemplar of a school of humor that was thought to be uniquely American. As he moved into more respectable venues in the 1870s, especially through the promotion of William Dean Howells in theAtlantic Monthly, Mark Twain muddied the hierarchical distinctions between class-appropriate leisure and burgeoning forms of mass entertainment, between uplifting humor and debased laughter, and between the literature of high culture and the passing whim of the merely popular.

Mark Twain, American Humorist examines the ways that Mark Twain?s reputation developed at home and abroad in the period between 1865 and 1882, years in which he went from a regional humorist to national and international fame. In the late 1860s, Mark Twain became the exemplar of a school of humor that was thought to be uniquely American. As he moved into more respectable venues in the 1870s, especially through the promotion of William Dean Howells in theAtlantic Monthly, Mark Twain muddied the hierarchical distinctions between class-appropriate leisure and burgeoning forms of mass entertainment, between uplifting humor and debased laughter, and between the literature of high culture and the passing whim of the merely popular.

Number of Pages: 483
Genre: Literary Criticism
Sub-Genre: Humor
Series Title: Mark Twain & His Circle
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
Author: Tracy Wuster
Language: English
Street Date: May 13, 2016
TCIN: 17266826
UPC: 9780826220561
Item Number (DPCI): 247-06-4300
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