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Mark Twain holds a dual position in American culture as one of the greatest American authors and as a distinctly American cultural icon. His writings about children and the theme of youth are central to his popularity.
This collection makes Mark Twain even more accessible to the modern reader by fully exploring the broader theme of youth in all his major writings and his life. The contributors offer new perspectives on key issues in Twain's work such as his relationships with his own children, slavery, aging, his siblings, gender roles, the marketing and reception of his works, the teaching of Twain's works in schools and screen adaptations of his works for children.Mark Twain and Youth includes essays on: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper and Pudd'nhead Wilson.