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Mark Twain: A Life

Mark Twain: A Life

Written by Ron Powers

Narrated by Ron Powers


Mark Twain: A Life

Written by Ron Powers

Narrated by Ron Powers

ratings:
4.5/5 (9 ratings)
Length:
10 hours
Released:
Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
9780743552189
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Description

In Mark Twain, Ron Powers consummates years of research with a tour de force on the life of our culture's founding father. He offers Sam Clemens as he lived, breathed, and wrote. With the assistance of the Mark Twain Project at Berkeley, he has drawn on thousands of letters and notebook entries, many only recently discovered.
Sam Clemens left his frontier boyhood in Missouri for a life on the Mississippi during the golden age of steamboats. He skirted the western theater of the Civil War before taking off for an uproarious drunken newspaper career in the Nevada of the Wild West. As his fame as a humorist and lecturer spread around the country, he took the East Coast by storm. He wooed and won his lifelong devoted wife, yet quietly pined for the girl who was his first crush. He became the toast of Europe and a celebrity who toured the globe. His comments on everything he saw, many published here for the first time, are priceless.
The man that emerges in Powers's brilliant telling is both the magnetic, acerbic, and hilarious Mark Twain of myth and a devoted friend, husband, and father. Mark Twain left us our greatest voice. Samuel Clemens left us one of our most American of lives.
Released:
Sep 20, 2005
ISBN:
9780743552189
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook


About the author

Ron Powers, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and Emmy Award-winning writer and critic, has studied and written about Mark Twain for many years. He is the author of ten books, including Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain, and the coauthor of two, including the #1 New York Times bestseller Flags of Our Fathers. He lives in Middlebury, Vermont.


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  • (4/5)
    Well-written, insightful biography of Mark Twain, but super-long. I loved it but I was ready for it to be done about 150 pages from the end.
  • (3/5)
    a nice read about mark twain, he was certainly the voice of the common person. along with henry james he brought amer. lit to the notice of the world. he was a huge figure, a real people mag personality in his age. he was also a supporter and voice of the powerless the helpless, the ones that had no one to speak for them, he spoke for them
  • (5/5)
    Beautifully written and frank account of the writer's life
  • (4/5)
    "Mark Twain: A Life" is a highly detailed story of Twain/Clemens' unique life and his development as a man and a writer. Ron Powers offers a tremendously detailed account of Samuel Clemens' life and provides many insights about Clemens as a husband, a father, a friend, businessman, as well as an author. Powers clearly knows his subject and is quite fond of Clemens but offers a balanced portrait that is largely sympathetic but is not afraid to show the tempermental and abrasive side of Clemens as well. Clemens comes off as an often-brilliant writer, a loving husband and father, and an awful businessman. My only criticism would be that a few chapters seem a bit thin where more detailed information about Clemens' life was not available.
  • (4/5)
    A great biography of my all-time favorite author.
  • (5/5)
    This is a stellar biography of a fascinating man. As much a history of the time as a history of an American icon, I enjoyed every moment of this book. Though a bit daunting to start this book and its 600-some pages, it was difficult to set aside; only the failure of my eyes to remain open into the later hours of evening prevented me from continuing the saga in a single, long sitting. Powers's writing is smooth, funny, contemporary without being trendy, and Mark Twain is a fabulous wonderful character through every page of this book.
  • (4/5)
    Well written biography of Mark Twain. The author captures the life, humor, wit, and pain of Clemons. Ron Powers good book could have been great. He spends too many pages trying to weave the man with his characters. In the end it feels like he is trying to pad the book. Too bad.