Saturday, November 30, 2019

Mark Twain Revisited

Samuel Clemens, later known as Mark Twin, is born in Florida, Missouri, on November 30, 1835. Read more via this History Channel link.

Personal Postscript — I remember reading a lot by Mark Twain in the late 50s and early 60s, and I enjoyed the experience. Then I reread several of his books while I worked on my MA in English 20 years ago, but that experience was unpleasant. What had changed? The teachers, I learned, in graduate school were political activists who cared not much about literature for its own sake but instead used novels, stories, poems, and plays as weapons in their revisionist war upon American culture. I wonder if I could revisit Twain’s works now and recapture my earlier reading experience. Indeed, I hope that I’ve not been contaminated too much by the graduate school experience. Alas, I am at heart a New Critic, and I hope to remain one for the rest of my life.


  1. "Life on the Mississippi" was a terrific book in my youth... i don't know whether i'd like it now or not... i should check it out...

  2. Funny that books never change over time but readers do .... Clemens/Twain might be surprised about Huck Finn’s reception in recent years .... and IMHO the nonfictions might be better than the fictions ....