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Katherine Frost <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 11 Sep 2018 09:38:29 -0500
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I ordered the revised edition of Joe Fulton's book today.  Many thanks for
posting both the original review by Kevin MacDonnell and the revised
review.  Kay Frost

On Mon, Sep 10, 2018 at 9:05 PM Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>

> This "Briefly Noted" was written for the Mark Twain Forum by Kevin Mac
> Donnell.
> ~~~~~
> _Mark Twain Under Fire: Reception and Reputation, Criticism and
> Controversy, 1851-2015_. By Joe B. Fulton. Camden House, 2018. Pp. 291.
> Paperback $49.95. ISBN 978-1-64014-034-9.
> This "Briefly Noted" is an addendum to my January 2017 review of the first
> edition of this book. In that review I lavished well-deserved praise on
> this reliable and nearly comprehensive survey of Mark Twain criticism and
> scholarship, but also noted that some of Fulton's discussion of the Mark
> Twain Papers, and his inclusion of a letter making a serious and
> unsubstantiated accusation against a prominent Twain scholar were out of
> place in this kind of book. Fulton responded to my review defending his
> statements and concluding "In my treatment, I believe I approached the
> matter legally, fairly, and responsibly." Since that time, either Fulton or
> his publisher have apparently been persuaded otherwise.
> The first edition abruptly vanished from and was described at
> the publisher's website as no longer available. Happily that is no longer
> the case. A new paperback edition has been issued, with the defamatory
> material in question removed. This revised paperback edition has a new
> index and also corrects some small typos and errors--a date is corrected, a
> word or two have been added or changed, some additions have been made to
> the text and bibliography, and one name has been removed from the
> acknowledgments. The result is a useful and entertaining volume that
> belongs on every Mark Twain reference shelf, making its return to print
> welcome news.
> ~~~~~
> The link to the original review of this book is:
> The amazon link to the revised edition is: