Twain had an observant editor in Livy. Do you think she would let those kinds of revelations past her had he put them on paper?
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> On Aug 12, 2021, at 9:56 AM, Mac Donnell Rare Books <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> I would add my own thought that any study of LM must also take into account Thomas Buchanan's Black Life on the Mississippi (2004) which is a sort of counternarrative to Twain's LM. Twain's view was from the pilot house; Buchanan's account is a revelation of what black life on the Mississippi was really like--steamboat chambermaids forced into prostitution, slaves rented out as crew members, female slaves being sold for sex on board steamboats, free blacks hiring themselves out as crew members. None of this could have been overlooked by Twain's observant eye, but he does not mention any of it in LM.
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> From: "Barbara Schmidt" <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Life on the Mississippi editions
>> Two editions that may be of interest —
>> The Library of America edition MISSISSIPPI WRITINGS with notes by Guy
>> Cardwell (1982).
>> The Penguin American Library LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, editor John Seelye
>> and introduction by James Cox (1984).
>> There is no University of California Press edition. Allan Bates (who had
>> written a dissertation on Mark Twain and the Mississippi River) was
>> scheduled to edit the Iowa-California Press edition in the early 70s but
>> that publishing project never reached fruition.
>>> On Wednesday, August 11, 2021, Michael Torregrossa, Medieval in Popular
>>> Culture <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>> Quick question, I think.
>>> Is there a standard or critical edition of *Life on the Mississippi* in
>>> print? Something that should be cited in scholarship on the text.
>>> I'm working on a project related to Civil War-era Arthuriana (mostly
>>> Moncure Conway), and Twain's discussion of the South and chivalry seems
>>> very useful.
>>> Michael Torregrossa
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