Mark Twain's Civil War

Mark Twain's Civil War

Mark Twain David Rachels / Apr 08, 2020
Mark Twain s Civil War When the Civil War halted steamboat travel on the Mississippi River in an unemployed riverboat pilot named Samuel Clemens enlisted in the Missouri militia After two weeks of service Clemens aba
  • Title: Mark Twain's Civil War
  • Author: Mark Twain David Rachels
  • ISBN: 9780813124742
  • Page: 312
  • Format: None
  • When the Civil War halted steamboat travel on the Mississippi River in 1861, an unemployed riverboat pilot named Samuel Clemens enlisted in the Missouri militia After two weeks of service, Clemens abandoned his post and fled westward to begin a writing career a turn of events that precipitated the rise to fame of the man who would become known as Mark Twain The circumWhen the Civil War halted steamboat travel on the Mississippi River in 1861, an unemployed riverboat pilot named Samuel Clemens enlisted in the Missouri militia After two weeks of service, Clemens abandoned his post and fled westward to begin a writing career a turn of events that precipitated the rise to fame of the man who would become known as Mark Twain The circumstances surrounding his departure are unclear some view Twain as a deserter, while others call into question the nature of his commitment from the beginning Twain defended himself in speeches and in print, offering varying accounts with varying degrees of truth of his confusion upon enrollment, his ignorance of the moral and political forces behind the war, and his claim to have killed a man while hiding in a corncrib Regardless of the reason for his desertion, his personal experiences and the Civil War in general are recurring topics in Twain s speeches, fiction, and nonfiction In addition to broaching the issue in longer works, such as Life on the Mississippi and The Gilded Age, Twain directly addresses it in shorter pieces such as The Private History of a Campaign That Failed and A Curious Experience Editor David Rachels unites these selections in Mark Twain s Civil War, offering Twain fans and Civil War scholars the unprecedented opportunity to read the entire array of Twain s Civil War influenced literature in one volume In addition to Twain s own pieces, Rachels includes an account of Twain s war career by his official biographer as well as a story by Absalom C Grimes, a Confederate mail runner who claims to have served with Twain early in the war An introduction by Rachels completes the text, which analyzes Twain s military stint and assesses the war s profound influence on one of America s most celebrated authors.
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        Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.


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    1. This is a collection of Twain s works written about the Civil War, including two stories by other authors who were writing about Twain s experiences during the war he enlisted for two weeks in the Missouri State Guard but saw no action, nor did he enlist for southern principles The stories would be better served with a historically oriented context in the introduction as is, it mentions briefly Missouri s 1861 role in the war and speculation regarding Twain s service which admittedly we cannot [...]



    2. Although a fan of Twain s writing, I wasn t aware of the pivotal role that his brief, tangential experience in the Civil War had on his life and writings.


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