The Reverend Mark Twain

The Reverend Mark Twain

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qI was made in His image, q Mark Twain once said, qbut have never been mistaken for Him.q God may have made Mark Twain in His image, but Twain frequently remade himself by adopting divine personae as part of his literary burlesque. Readers were delighted, rather than fooled, when Twain adopted the image of religious vocation throughout his writing career: Theologian, Missionary, Priest, Preacher, Prophet, Saint, Brother Twain, Holy Samuel, the Bishop of New Jersey, and of course, the Reverend Mark Twain. Joe B. Fulton has not written a study of Samuel Langhorne Clemens's religious beliefs, but rather one about Twain's use of theological form and content in a number of his works-some well-known, others not so widely read.Baylor University has provided marvelous support for this study through reduced teaching loads, summer sabbaticals, and an excellent research ... Portions of chapter 6 were originally published in Essays in Arts and Sciences, Volume 32. ... It was Gribbena#39;s scholarly work Mark Twaina#39;s Library that revolutionized my understanding of the writer; it will always be required reading for any Twain scholar.

Title:The Reverend Mark Twain
Author:Joe B. Fulton
Publisher:Ohio State University Press - 2006


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