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Mark Twain's Literary Resources


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Alan Gribben, editor and publisher of the Mark Twain Journal: The Author and His Era, is the biographer of the University of Texas library founder Harry Ransom, editor of the NewSouth Edition of Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, co-editor of Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader, and author of dozens of articles on Twain's intellectual background. For fifteen years he reviewed books and articles about Mark Twain for American Literary Scholarship, An Annual. Dr. Gribben co-founded and served as president of the Mark Twain Circle of America. He has been recognized with a Henry Nash Smith Fellowship from the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College and other honors for his scholarship and teaching. Auburn University at Montgomery, where he was head of the Department of English and Philosophy for two decades, awarded him a Distinguished Research Professorship and the Nance Alumni Professorship. R. Kent Rasmussen has written and edited a dozen books on Mark Twain -- most notably, perhaps, Mark Twain A to Z(1995) and its greatly expanded revision, Critical Companion to Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work (2 vols., 2007). He has also edited Critical Insights: Mark Twain (2010), Dear Mark Twain: Letters from His Readers (2013), and Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2017); co-edited (with Kevin Mac Donnell) Mark Twain and Youth: Studies in His Life and Writings (2016); and prepared the Penguin Classics editions of both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (2014) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (2014). He is currently writing a book on films adapted from Mark Twain's works. Dr. Rasmussen is also recognized as a scholar in African history, a field in which he has published five books.


Mark Twain's Literary Resources is a model of disciplined and lively literary scholarship. While much of author Alan Gribben's work is the bedrock business of fact-collecting, the delights come from his many ways of exploring for his readers what Twain's collected reading means in understanding the classic American author as a man, a creative force, and as both an appreciator and detractor of the writings of others. An astonishing and captivating achievement. -- The Washington Independent Review of Books
Mark Twain's Literary Resources is the definitive guide to Mark Twain's intellectual universe. Alan Gribben discusses everything from the elaborately bound parlor-table gift books known as Friendship's Offerings to the literary, historical, and religious works that directly influenced America's greatest writer. This book, the most useful reference book on Twain ever written, is a classic. And despite what Twain said about classics, this one will be read again and again. -- Joe B. Fulton, professor of English at Baylor University, is the author of five books on Mark Twain, including the most recent Mark Twain Under Fire: Reception and Reputation, Criticism and Controversy 1851-2015
Mark Twain's Literary Resources lets readers cozy up to Mark Twain and peep over his shoulder as he reads: a rare and rewarding vantage point. -- Kevin J. Hayes, author of Mark Twain, a brief critical biography
A labor of love ... scrupulously researched. Meticulously chronicles Mark Twain's library and literary influences. -- Publishers Weekly
Alan Gribben has devoted decades to cataloging and studying this legendary author's lifetime of reading. His Mark Twain's Literary Resources is the magnificent result. It complements Twain's autobiography and biographies of Twain and will enhance any reference library. -- Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and other novels
Alan Gribben is a scholar's scholar, and Mark Twain's Literary Resources is his masterwork. It will retain its fertile usefulness so long as Twain studies exist. Volume One, now available, isn't just a bounteous treasure of information and an important corrective to the most common misperception of Twain. It's also an engaging record of Gribben's tireless, lifelong adventure in literary sleuthing. -- Frederick Crews, Emeritus Professor of English, University of California, Berkeley
Alan Gribben's Mark Twain's Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading brings together in three volumes a series of interconnected essays, many revisions of his earlier published works, and a significant update of annotated titles in Twain's personal library. This new edition replaces the invaluable Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction -- long out of print and nearly impossible to obtain. The introductory essays in the first volume render in toto a penetrating critique of the reader behind the writer who, as Ernest Hemingway once said, reinvented American literature. -- Jerome Loving, author of Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens
Alan Gribben's critical masterpiece, Mark Twain's Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading, asserts itself as one of a handful of truly invaluable resources in Mark Twain studies. A heroic compendium of analytical essays, annotated catalogs, critical bibliographies, and index guides, this work is the definitive study of the literary, philosophical, historical, and scientific texts that shaped Mark Twain's mind and art. -- Joseph Csicsila, professor, Eastern Michigan University, and co-author of Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain
Dr. Alan Gribben's Mark Twain's Literary Resources offers a fascinating peek into the mind of an American literary genius. The book's mind-boggling wealth of information could only have been gathered using extraordinary research skills and dogged determination. The work is an invaluable tool for Mark Twain scholars and sets a new standard for generations of scholars to come. -- Laura Skandera Trombley, president, University of Bridgeport
From the day I first discovered Alan Gribben's Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction over twenty years ago, it became one of only two reference works that I have kept within arm's reach of my desk. Gribben's research has served as an inspiration and guidepost enabling me to make my own discoveries. His new updated and expanded multi-volume Mark Twain's Literary Resources has been one of my most eagerly anticipated publications throughout the years. With the hundreds of new entries in these volumes, it is the most extensive mapping of Mark Twain's intellectual development that will ever be undertaken. It is an essential reference work for any Mark Twain researcher or biographer. -- Barbara Schmidt, independent researcher, a Mark Twain Journal Legacy Scholar, and publisher of
Mark Twain knew that you can't write if you don't read, and his reading was as wide and deep as his beloved Mississippi River, flowing through his life and writings from beginning to end. It is in large measure thanks to Alan Gribben's Mark Twain's Literary Resources that we understand how Twain's extensive reading nourished his authorial genius. Gribben's achievement is no mere library catalog, but rather a voyage of discovery that expertly navigates the complex channels of Twain's literary sources. They are all charted here, awaiting further exploration, beckoning both the avid reader and serious scholar, and often as entertaining as Twain's own published writings. Here is a masterpiece of research and presentation that will serve as a model for all future inquiries into the wellsprings of the creative process. -- Kevin Mac Donnell, Mark Twain scholar, foremost Mark Twain collector
One of the foundational sources of Mark Twain studies for nearly forty years, Alan Gribben's Mark Twain's Library: A Reconstruction has long been a scholarly treasure. Gribben's revised and much-expanded compendium, Mark Twain's Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading, will prove to be the standard reference guide on the topic for the next many decades. These volumes belong in all research libraries and on the shelves of all nineteenth-century Americanists. -- Gary Scharnhorst, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, University of New Mexico

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