A comprehensive study of Mark Twain's social and political attitudes. The author traces the growth of Twain's political and social convictions and thus shows his relationship to the age in which he lived. The work is based on research in the newspapers of the day, personal letters, and other little-known material, as well as intensive analysis of the most relevant works by Twain. The material is presented in a forthright style that moves at a springy pace.
Louis J. Budd is James B. Duke Professor of English, Emeritus, at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He is the editor of Mark Twain: The Contemporary Reviews and the author of Our Mark Twain: The Making of His Public Personality.