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Tue, 21 Jun 2005 20:05:59 -0500
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_Arizona Quarterly: Special Issue - Mark Twain at the Turn-of-the-Century,
1890-1910_, Volume 61, Number 1, Spring 2005. Softcover, 199 pages. Edited
by Shelley Fisher Fishkin and Forrest G. Robinson. $10. This special issue
of eight conference papers derives from the Stanford and University of
California at Santa Cruz conference held in May 2004. The contents of this
special issue are:

"In Twain's Times" by Susan Gillman;

"The General and the Maid: Mark Twain on Ulysses S. Grant and Joan of Arc"
by Forrest G. Robinson;

"Mark Twain, Manhood, The Henry H. Rogers Friendship, and 'Which Was the
Dream?'" by Peter Messent;

"In the Mirror of the Imagination: Mark Twain's Kipling" by Gregg Camfield;

"Mark Twain's Critique of Globalization (Old and New) in _Following the
Equator, A Journey Around the World_ (1897)" by John Carlos Rowe;

"Mark Twain and the Jews" by Shelley Fisher Fishkin;

"Better Dreams: Political Satire and Twain's Final 'Exploding' Novel" by
Hilton Obenzinger; and

"Mark Twain, Pretexts, Iconoclasm" by David Lionel Smith.

Single issues are available for $10 from:
Arizona Quarterly
1731 E. Second Street
PO Box 210014
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721-0014



_Canaan's Tongue_. By John Wray. Alfred A. Knopf, 2005. Hardcover, 341
pages. $25.00. ISBN: 1-4000-4086-8. Wray's novel, set in 1863, is rooted in
the criminal underworld of the infamous slave trader John Murrell. Twain
discussed "Murel's Gang" in chapter 29 of _Life on the Mississippi_ and
Wray uses passages from Twain's novel to introduce two chapters in
_Canaan's Tongue_. One chapter titled "Samuel Clemens" is a (fictitious)
letter written by Clemens to a girl named "Sweet Leah." Clemens's letter
describes meeting "the notorious slave bandit Thaddeus Murel" aboard a
steamboat piloted by Horace Bixby.

Amazon link for this book is:

Barbara Schmidt
Book Review Editor