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Mark Twain and the Novel: The Double-Cross of Authority Lawrence Howe

Mark Twain and the Novel: The Double-Cross of Authority

Lawrence Howe

Published July 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780521107624
Paperback
280 pages
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 About the Book 

Mark Twain was an author both drawn to and suspicious of authority, and his novels reflect this tension. Marked by disruptions, repetitions, and contradictions, they exemplify the ideological standoff between the American ideal of individual freedomMoreMark Twain was an author both drawn to and suspicious of authority, and his novels reflect this tension. Marked by disruptions, repetitions, and contradictions, they exemplify the ideological standoff between the American ideal of individual freedom and the reality of social control. This book provides a fresh look at Twains major novels such as Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court. The difficulties in these works are shown to be neither flaws nor failures, but rather intrinsic to both the structure of the American novel and the texture of American culture.