Mark Twain Among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples Hardcover

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Mark Twain Among the Indians and Other Indigenous Peoples Hardcover

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Mark Twain Among the Indians and Other Indigenous People is the first book-length study of the writer’s evolving views regarding the aboriginal inhabitants of North America and the Southern Hemisphere, and his deeply conflicted representation of them in fiction, newspaper sketches, and speeches. Using a wide range of archival materials – including previously unexamined marginalia in books from Clemens’s personal library – Kerry Driscoll charts the development of the writer’s ethnocentric attitudes about Indians and savagery in relation to the various geographic and social milieus of communities he inhabited at key periods in his life, from antebellum Hannibal, Missouri, and the Sierra Nevada mining camps of the 1860’s to the progressive urban enclave of Hartford’s Nook Farm. The book also examines the impact of Clemens’s 1895-96 world lecture tour, when he traveled to Australia and New Zealand and learned firsthand about the dispossession and mistreatment of native peoples under British colonial rule. This groundbreaking work of cultural studies offers fresh reading of canonical texts such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Roughing It, and Following the Equator, as well as a number of Twain’s shorter works.

 

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