Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain’s most famous book is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. “Hemingway said that all American fiction comes from Huckleberry Finn. That’s true, in the sense that Twain invented a way of looking at the American experience and putting it into fiction. I think almost every American writer has to acknowledge that.” Robert McCrum.

“Twain always had a lot of schemes, but his major one was a typesetting machine. That was actually a great idea, and if he had put more money in and had more time it probably would have panned out and become profitable. But it didn’t, he lost almost all of his money and went on this lecture tour. His is an enormous trip. He travels all around the world by steamship on a lecture tour, largely around the British Empire – stopping off in India, Australia, South Africa.” Paul Theroux who included Twain’s Following the Equator in the best travel books.

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The Best 19th-Century American Novels, recommended by Nathan Wolff

In the novels of the 19th century, the United States comes alive with all its contradictions and complications. Nathan Wolff, a professor of English at Tufts and author of Not Quite Hope and Other Political Emotions in the Gilded Ageintroduces us to his picks of the best 19th-century American novels, including two works of historical fiction and a memoir that influenced the novel form.

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