The Resource Dangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain, Ron Powers

Dangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain, Ron Powers

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Dangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain
Title
Dangerous water
Title remainder
a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain
Statement of responsibility
Ron Powers
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Powers traces the meandering course of Twain's decidedly uninnocent youth, marked by the loss of siblings, murderous violence and his father's bankruptcy and early death. There is the "floating dream-atmosphere" of the slave quarters on his uncle's farm, an atmosphere charged with voices that were a luscious hybrid of languages. These voices summoned images of talking animals, magic spells, ghosts and slave auctions, and lead directly to the tidal cadences of Twain's great character Jim. There is his attendance at minstrel shows and exhibitions of "mesmerism" in which young "Sammy" enthusiastically became "the most-mesmerized kid in the history of fake enchantment." And there is the brooding sense of guilt and fear of eternal damnation inculcated into him at church where the Presbyterian minister spun feverish, apocalyptic images of an implacable God. Mark Twain was shaped by all these streams, by the very landscape, culture and people of Hannibal, Missouri."--BOOK JACKET. "A native of Hannibal himself, Powers is uniquely qualified to write of that town whose "dangerous waters" of sorrowing experience Mark Twain learned to navigate and conjure into the humorous stories that transformed American literature."--BOOK JACKET
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Biography type
individual biography
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KUT
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Powers, Ron
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Twain, Mark
  • Authors, American
  • Twain, Mark
Target audience
adult
Label
Dangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain, Ron Powers
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-304) and index
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vii, 328 p.
Isbn
9780465076703
System control number
OCM41333122
Label
Dangerous water : a biography of the boy who became Mark Twain, Ron Powers
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 301-304) and index
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
vii, 328 p.
Isbn
9780465076703
System control number
OCM41333122

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