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"Johnson, Glen M" <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 6 Oct 2011 17:48:53 +0000
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The Sundquist essay referring to the lynching of Italians started out in the collection of essays on Pudd'nhead Wilson edited by Susan Gilman and Forrest Robinson in 1990. It was recast and incorporated into his To Wake the Nations. This essay is a model of the new historicism properly and illuminatingly applied to Mark Twain.

Glen Johnson
From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Peter Messent [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:28 PM
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Subject: Re: a couple of little known pieces

I have feeling Eric Sundquist has written at length on the Puddn'head Wilson Italian connection in one of his books  (To Wake the Nations). Not entirely sure though. Pete
From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: 06 October 2011 17:16
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Subject: Re: a couple of little known pieces

Hi Hal :)

Unfortunately for helping, I am at the RMMLA this week.
I'll watch to see if you get a response next week and if not, I'll go throu=
gh my research to see if I have anything for you :)

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From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Harold Bush
Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 10:57 AM
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Subject: a couple of little known pieces

Does anyone know of, and perhaps can direct my attention to the location of=
, a couple of minor pieces by MT --both mentioned by the late Lou Budd in h=
is still amazingly relevant and useful book MT: Social Philosopher:

"Brief Biography of the Government" & "A Difficult Conundrum"? (both around=
 the turn of century)

 Prof. Budd also asserts in this book that Puddn'head Wilson's use of lynch=
ing was somehow spurred onward by the infamous lynching of eleven Italians =
in New Orleans, March 1891, but he gives no reason for this assertion.  Any=
 ideas about this possible connection; or evidence that Twain had this spec=
ific incident in mind as he wrote PW?

thanks, -hb

Harold K. Bush, Ph.D
Professor of English
Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO  63108
314-977-3616 (w); 314-771-6795 (h)
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