Great question about MT"s audiences -- I do recall a book came out last
Mark Twain's Audience: A Critical Analysis of Reader Responses to the
Writings of Mark Twain
I've not read it, and I do not recall if it got reviewed on the Forum or
not. The TOC looks promising.
I also recall earlier books that have some coverage of that -- I'm thinking
of Randall Knoper's book for example; but would be interested to hear of
anyone else's recollections about earlier accounts -- anyone ??
On Mon, Mar 30, 2015 at 11:58 AM, Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
> Trying to come up with a description or a summary of Mark Twain's
> audience, I think, is ultimately un-doable. As I've been collecting the
> reviews for his shows with George Cable I have wondered if anything of
> substance can be gleaned from them. The comments I can recall about the
> audience(s) have all been rather subjective statements about them being
> the upper crust of the local population - the most literate, the best
> dressed, the most intelligent. It's difficult to tell what this says in
> truth about any particular show as opposed to what it tells us about any
> particular reviewer (who remains nameless behind the masthead).
> At best, I think, we wind up with a collection of anecdotes. But as
> with most things related to Twain - it's fun to try.
> There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of
> in your philosophy.
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