The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain
Edited by J.R. LeMaster, James D. Wilson
Published April 20th 2011 by Routledge – 866 pages
'A model reference work that can be used with profit and delight by general readers as well as by more advanced students of Twain. Highly recommended.' – Library Journal
The Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain includes more than 700 alphabetically arranged entries that cover a full variety of topics on this major American writer's life, intellectual milieu, literary career, and achievements. Because so much of Twain's travel narratives, essays, letters, sketches, autobiography, journalism and fiction reflect his personal experience, particular attention is given to the delicate relationship between art and life, between artistic interpretations and their factual source.
Now available first time in paperback, this comprehensive resource includes information on:
Useful for students, researchers, librarians and teachers, this volume features a chronology, a special appendix section tracking the poet's genealogy, and a thorough index. Each entry also includes a bibliography for further study.
"The Mark Twain Encyclopedia deserves both the words encyclopedia and the in its title…The diversity of critical approaches reflects the diversity in contemporary American literary scholarship. The editors prize this diversity and have therefore consciously avoided imposing or sanctioning any particular methodology or approach over another . . . These articles and these scholars are now the starting point and straw men of future Twain scholarship." - Bulletin of Bibliography
"Nearly one hundred and eighty contributors responsible for some seven hundred and forty entries made quality control a difficult task for these editors, but on the whole they did their work well. . . . The thirty-three-page index in triple columns is especially welcome and, along with the cross-references at the end of each entry, adds greatly to the volume's value and usefulness." - Nineteenth-Century Literature
"…[T]his carefully conceived, meticulously edited, and admirably executed compendium could serve as a model for encyclopedias on individual authors. It not only synthesizes and illuminates previous scholarship on Twain, but also adds to that body of knowledge." - Booklist
"A pleasure to read and invaluable for students and scholars…Sure to become the standard guide to Twain for readers at all levels." - American Libraries
"LeMaster and Wilson have done readers great service by organizing an encyclopedia with an easy-to-use critical apparatus, a detailed index, clear cross references, useful bibliographies, and well-balanced, jargon-free articles…A model reference work that can be used with profit and delight by general readers as well as by more advanced students of Twain. Highly recommended." - Library Journal
"The authors demonstrate their knowledge and mastery of both the primary and secondary Twain literature and synthesize research findings on this quintessentially American voice…this masterful collection of articles on nearly every topic relating to Twain will conveniently answer most questions about his works and life." - Wilson Library Bulletin
" Here, for common readers, students, and scholars, is a detailed navigation chart for the 'monstrous big river' that is Mark Twain's world…essential purchase." - Choice
"A handy guide…comprehensive…thorough and reliable…a remarkable job." - Mark Twain Forum
"Highly recommended for high school, public, and academic libraries." - Reference Books Bulletin
"Highly recommended." - Reference Book Review
"Its synthesis of much disparate information will be welcomed by scholars." - American Reference Books Annual
"A marvelous miracle…exhaustive and comprehensive…fine book to read through or browse in." - South Central Review
"Every student of Samuel Clemens or Mark Twain should gain access to this work." - Journal of the American Studies Association of Texas
Selected Contents: Abolition, Adventures of Hucklebrry Finn, Adventure of Tom Sawyer, Autobiography, Bible, Burning Shame, The, Carpet-Bag, Censorship, Chatto and Windus, Clemens, Henry, Comics, Correspondence, Criticism, Dawson's Landing, Dialect, Double-Barreled Detective Story, A, Education, 'Eve Speaks', Family Life, Forgeries, Gilded Age: A Tale of To-day, The, Gothic, Humour, Illustrators, Innocents Abroad, The, Life on the Mississippi, Manuscript Collections, Newspapers, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, Politics, Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Age, The, Realism, Religion, Sexality, Story of the Bad Little Boy Who Didn't Come to Grief, The, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Travel Writings, Vernacular, What is Man?, You've Been a Dam Fool Mary. You Always Was!
J. R. LeMaster is Emeritas Professor of English at Baylor University.
James D. Wilson teaches at the University of Southwestern Louisiana.