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Mark Dawidziak <[log in to unmask]>
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Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:51:17 -0500
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     This is a long overdue bravo to Kevin Mac Donnell for his 
insightful, incisive and thoroughly compelling review of "Mark Twain's 
America, A Celebration in Words and Images." If you haven't had a chance 
to read it, do yourself a favor. It's the kind of review that makes you 
glad we have such authoritative voices in our Circle. Kevin's expertly 
written evaluation of this volume not only can be read as an indictment 
of questionable scholarship, it can be welcomed as a say-it-loud defense 
of the tremendous work done by the Twainians, Twaniacs and Twain 
enthusiasts whose work is a real cause for celebration. Many of them are 
on this Forum, and many of them I am honored to call friends.
     I've been mulling over the disturbing questions raised by Kevin's 
masterful point-by-point examination of "Mark Twain's America," and my 
only regret is that I let vexation and holiday distractions hinder me 
from raising my voice so much sooner. I hope others will add their 
voices. I may be wrong in finding this kind of thing is so worrisome . . 
. but I don't think so.

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