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The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Mark Twain | [Michael Shelden]

The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Mark Twain

Professor of English at Indiana State University and the author of the literary biography Mark Twain: Man in White, Michael Shelden is the perfect candidate to lead this series of lectures on one of the most important—and most influential—of all American authors. From Twain’s early history through his landmark achievements and the defining moments of his extraordinary life, Shelden imparts a learned understanding of both the man and his astounding body of work.
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Professor of English at Indiana State University and the author of the literary biography Mark Twain: Man in White, Michael Shelden is the perfect candidate to lead this series of lectures on one of the most important—and most influential—of all American authors. From Twain’s early history through his landmark achievements and the defining moments of his extraordinary life, Shelden imparts a learned understanding of both the man and his astounding body of work.

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    Michael Shelden wrote "Man in White," about Twain's last years, and it's one of the best books about Mark Twain I've read. (It's available here on Audible.) Here he tackles the whole life, with a good number of works thrown in for good measure. It's a very clearly presented overview of Twain's life, very personal on Shelden's part -- it's clear that he loves Twain as a writer -- and his comments on the works are right on the money. My only regret is that he passed over Twain's late story "The Mysterious Stranger" in favor of "Is Shakespeare Dead?" -- an essay about the "authorship controversy" that Shelden relates back, psychologically, to Twain himself. Still, an excellent introduction to the subject.

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    What made the experience of listening to The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Mark Twain the most enjoyable?

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    The author/performer is pretty soft spoken, but it was alright. Just made me pay that much more attention.

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