Mark Twain has shaped our view of childhood, the frontier spirit, slavery ...and the follies and pretensions of humankind.
His novel Huckleberry Finn has delighted readers of all ages. Revel now in his caustic wit, tall tales, descriptive powers and colourfully expressed opinions. A relaxed chat with him turns into a roller-coaster ride through the adventures and misadventures of the "father of American literature" (as William Faulkner described him).
A true American icon, he set the gold standard for verbal wit and unflinching worldly wisdom. Join him for a coffee (and maybe a cigar) and he'll regale you with stories about his many different guises - for not only was he a novelist and humorist of enduring renown, but also, at various times, a gold miner, riverboat pilot, indomitable entrepreneur ...and inventor of the self-pasting photograph album.
About the Author
Fred Kaplan is Professor Emeritus of English at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. His works include biographies of Mark Twain, Gore Vidal, Henry James, Charles Dickens and Thomas Carlyle; the last was shortlisted for a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Critics' award.
Jay McInerney is an acclaimed American novelist. His books include Bright Lights, Big City, Brightness Falls and The Good Life.
Series: Coffee with... S.
Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 20th May 2008
Publisher: Duncan Baird Publishers
Dimensions (cm): 14.4 x 11.9 x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.236