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Excerpt from Vernon L. Parrington Jr.'s American Dreams: A Study of American Utopias.

Menasha, WI: George Banta Publishing

Company, 1947. Contains an excerpt from Mark Twain’s short story sketch / essay “The Curious Republic of Gondour” (1875).
From the hyperessay “Castles in the Air: Utopian Fiction and Twain, 1871-1891” by Adam Watson. First published online in 2001.
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