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The Resource Mark Twain, the world, and me : Following the equator, then and now, Susan K. Harris

Mark Twain, the world, and me : Following the equator, then and now, Susan K. Harris

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Mark Twain, the world, and me : Following the equator, then and now
Title
Mark Twain, the world, and me
Title remainder
Following the equator, then and now
Statement of responsibility
Susan K. Harris
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize in American literary studies Susan K. Harris retraced the journey of the literary icon as he made his way around the British Empire on his infamous 1895-1896 lecture tour. Part biography, part literary criticism, and part travel memoir, Harris' study offers a unique take on one of America's most widely studied writers while attempting to situate Mark Twain's social commentary within a contemporary worldview. As Harris makes her way through Australia, India, and South Africa-seeing for herself the people and places Twain experienced-she also undertakes a journey of self-exploration and what her relationship with Mark Twain means. After his disastrous investment in the Paige Compositor typesetting machine, Mark Twain found himself bankrupt. Determined to repay his debts, he undertook a thirteen-month lecture tour around the British Empire-visiting Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, India, Mauritius, and South Africa. After the tour, Twain published Following the Equator, a travelogue in which he recorded his observations and social commentary on the places he visited. Although Twain was generally known to criticize racism, bigotry, and imperialism, his financial situation meant he was willing to write to his audience's expectations in order to sell more books. This lead to the imbuement of Following the Equator with the racial and cultural biases of the era. Following the Equator went on to be a success, virtually propelling him out of debt, but now contemporary scholars and readers are left to make sense of Twain's often inconsistent observations, to figure out how to situate Twain's legacy in a new era. 'Mark Twain, the World, and Me' aims to do just that. More than 100 years after Twain's journey, Susan K. Harris follows him through Australia, India, and South America, tracing the themes and issues present in Following the Equator, addressing them head on, and using them as an occasion for comparing his era to our own. Her account covers a variety of topics, such as the conundrum that Hinduism presented to Protestant Americans of the 19th century, the clash of civilizations between Australian Aborigines and white settlers, the environmental devastation brought on by settler eradication policies, and more"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
contains biographical information
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LBSOR/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1945-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Harris, Susan K.
Dewey number
818/.409
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1310
LC item number
.H37 2020
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Twain, Mark
  • Twain, Mark
  • Twain, Mark
  • Harris, Susan K
  • Americans
  • Twain, Mark
  • Americans
  • Travel
Label
Mark Twain, the world, and me : Following the equator, then and now, Susan K. Harris
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pilgrimage -- Pollution : a narrative -- Money matters, or, gifts for the dead -- Will the real savages please stand up? -- Dreaming -- Staring at animals -- Chameleons
Control code
on1110655049
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 166 pages
Isbn
9780817359676
Lccn
2019027814
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Label
Mark Twain, the world, and me : Following the equator, then and now, Susan K. Harris
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Pilgrimage -- Pollution : a narrative -- Money matters, or, gifts for the dead -- Will the real savages please stand up? -- Dreaming -- Staring at animals -- Chameleons
Control code
on1110655049
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xi, 166 pages
Isbn
9780817359676
Lccn
2019027814
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n

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