The Resource Mark Twain in the company of women, Laura E. Skandera-Trombley

Mark Twain in the company of women, Laura E. Skandera-Trombley

Label
Mark Twain in the company of women
Title
Mark Twain in the company of women
Statement of responsibility
Laura E. Skandera-Trombley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The field of Mark Twain biography has been dominated by men, and Samuel Clemens himself - riverboat pilot, Western correspondent, silver prospector, world traveler - has been traditionally portrayed as a man's man. The publication of Laura E. Skandera-Trombley's Mark Twain in the Company of Women, however, marks a significant departure from conventional scholarship. Skandera-Trombley, the first woman to write a scholarly biography of Mark Twain, contends that Clemens intentionally surrounded himself with women, and that his capacity to produce extended fictions had almost as much to do with the environment shaped by his female family as with the talent and genius of the writer himself. Women helped Clemens to define his boundaries, both personal and literary. Women shaped his life, edited his books, and provided models for his fictional characters. Clemens read and corresponded with female authors, and often actively promoted their careers. Skandera-Trombley seeks to combine a biographical study of Clemens's life with his beloved wife, Olivia (Livy) Langdon, and their three daughters, Susy, Clara, and Jean, with new readings of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Several crucial areas are investigated: the nature of Clemens's family participation in his writing process, the degree to which their experiences as women during the mid- and late nineteenth century affected his writing, and the extent to which the loss of his family may have impeded and ultimately ended his ability to write lengthy narratives. Skandera-Trombley points out that in marrying Livy, Clemens not only joined a family of substantial means, but also entered one active in the suffragist, abolitionist, and other reformist movements, which had deep roots in the progressive community of Elmira, New York. Mark Twain in the Company of Women will be of interest to Twain scholars and readers as well as students in American studies, women's studies, nineteenth-century history, and political and cultural studies
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Skandera-Trombley, Laura E
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1332
LC item number
.S88 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Twain, Mark
  • Clemens, Olivia Langdon
  • Clemens, Olivia Langdon
  • Twain, Mark
  • Twain, Mark
  • Women and literature
  • Women and literature
  • Feminism and literature
  • Authors, American
  • Women
  • Male authors
  • Authors, American
  • Feminism and literature
  • Intellectual life
  • Male authors
  • Relations with women
  • Women
  • Women and literature
  • Vrouwen
  • Auteurschap
  • Literatur
  • Politik
  • Schriftstellerin
  • Feminismus
  • Elmira (N.Y.)
  • New York (State)
  • United States
  • USA
Label
Mark Twain in the company of women, Laura E. Skandera-Trombley
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-210) 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
  • Polishing off a genius
  • The charmed circle
  • "Youth" and "gravity"
  • Elmira, queen of the southern tier : era of reform, part 1
  • Elmira's cultural influence : era of reform, part 2
  • "I am woman's rights" : Olivia Langdon Clemens's feminist intimates
  • The circle dissolves
  • The resurgence of Mark Twain
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 219 pages
Isbn
9780812232189
Lccn
94019712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30702867
  • (OCoLC)ocm30702867
Label
Mark Twain in the company of women, Laura E. Skandera-Trombley
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-210) 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
  • Polishing off a genius
  • The charmed circle
  • "Youth" and "gravity"
  • Elmira, queen of the southern tier : era of reform, part 1
  • Elmira's cultural influence : era of reform, part 2
  • "I am woman's rights" : Olivia Langdon Clemens's feminist intimates
  • The circle dissolves
  • The resurgence of Mark Twain
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xxiii, 219 pages
Isbn
9780812232189
Lccn
94019712
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)30702867
  • (OCoLC)ocm30702867

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