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Hi Folks --
After sending out the last list about a week ago I heard about enough more
titles in this eclectic category of "Mark Twain spinoffs" to warrant
sending you a revised list, so here it is.  I haven't seen more than a
handful of these books, though I'm taking a vow to look at all of them this
semester.  Until then, I haven't tried to distinguish between books that
"revise" a particular Twain text (like *Becky* or *Finn*), books that could
be called (as some are) *Further Adventures . . .* -- i.e. attempts at
sequels or extensions of a Twain text, adaptations of Twain stories for
"juvenile readers" (Barbara Schmidt, who along with Patti Philippon sent me
the most new titles this second round, adds the cautionary notice that
"There are more in children's lit but I have never compiled a listing of
all of them"), and simply "books in which Mark Twain appears as a
character."  Nor does the list contain any of the graphic adaptations of
Twain's work that Derek Royal discusses in the current *Mark Twain Annual,*
though it would be great to have a complete list of them too.  And it only
includes one dramatization, though "plays spun off from Twain texts or his
character" should probably be another list.
And I warn you that unless you tell me to stop, I'll send a re-revised
version of the list when I can sort it into more useful categories, and as
I learn about other titles that should be on it (of which I am beginning to
suspect that there could be PLENTY!).  Thanks to all who have helped, Steve
Jap Herron, by Emily Grant Hutchings  (1917)
Return of Mark Twain, by Eunice Winkler (1918)
Tom Sawyer Grows Up, Clement Wood  (1939)
 More Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Clement Wood  (1940)
Murder Stalks the Circle, by Lee Thayer   (1947)
Silas Timberman, by Howard Fast (1954)
God Bless U, Daughter, by Mildred Burris Swanson  (1968)
The True Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by John Seelye (1970, rev. 1987)
The Fabulous Riverboat, by Philip Jose Farmer (1971)
1876, by Gore Vidal (1976)
A Bloodsmoor Romance, by Joyce Carol Oates (1982)
The Day They Came to Arrest the Book, by Nat Hentoff (1982)
The Mark Twain Murders, by Laurence Yep (1982)
 The Tom Sawyer Fires, by Laurence Yep (1984)
The Boys in Autumn (play), by Bernard Sabath (1986)
I Been There Before, by David Carkeet  (1987)
Never the Twain, by Kirk Mitchell (1987)
Scavengers, by Yvonne Montgomery (1987)
Huckleberry Fiend, by Julie Smith (1987)
The Further Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Greg Matthews (1988)
Twice Upon a Time, by Allen Appel (1988)
The Mark Twain Murders, by Edith Skom (1989)
If I Never Get Back, by Darryl Brock (1990)
 Two in the Field, by Darryl Brock (1998)
 plus a story featuring Twain in Sherlock Holmes: The American Years (2010)
Wrapped in  a Riddle, by Sharon E. Heisel (1993)
The Great Twain Robbery, by Robert Guntrum (1995)
The Legend Of Storey County, by Brock Thoene (1995)
novels by Peter J. Heck featuring Mark Twain dealing
with various mysteries:
 1. Death on the Mississippi (1995)
 2. A Connecticut Yankee in Criminal Court (1996)
 3. The Prince and the Prosecutor (1997)
 4. The Guilty Abroad (1999)
 5. The Mysterious Strangler (2000)
 6. Tom's Lawyer (2001)
Eternity Road, by Jack McDevitt (1997)
Alice Rose and Sam, by Kathryn Lasky (1998)
Mark Twain Remembers, by Thomas Hauser (1999)
Tom Sawyer, Avenger, by T.W. Fuller (2000)
Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Collaboration; The Sequel to: Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain and Stephen Stewart (2001)
Mark Twain and Huck Finn Among the Indians, by Lee Nelson (2003)
Shohola Falls, by Michael Pearson (2003)
My Jim, by Nancy Rawles (2005)
A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court, by Marianne Mancusi (2005)
Huckleberry Finn in Love and War: The Lost Journals, by Dan Walker (2007)
An Arsonists Guide to Writers' Homes in New England, by Brock Clarke (2007)
Finn, by Jon Clinch (2007)
Channeling Mark Twain, by Carol Muske-Dukes (2007)
Becky, by Lenore Hart (2008)
The Hour I First Believed, by Wally Lamb (2008)
Huckleberry Finished, by Livia J. Washburn (2009)
Wild Nights, by Joyce Carol Oates (2009)
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Zombie Jim, by W. Bill Czolgosz (2009)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead, by Don Borchert (2010)