America’s writer – an autobiography

Nov 24, 2010

William Faulkner called Mark Twain “the father of American literature.” And 100 years after Twain’s death, there’s a new wave of nostalgia for the author of the "Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Huckleberry Finn." "The Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1," incorporates his thoughts dictated during the early years of the 20th Century. It’s full of critical remarks about religion, his lack of respect for President Theodore Roosevelt, and his condemnation of imperialism and the Philippine War of 1899-1902. The 500,000-word book is now a best-seller, but how well does it reflect the mind of Mark Twain? And how does Twain’s writing compare with modern political humor and criticism?

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