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Date: Sat, 22 Apr 1995 17:05:10 -0500
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Yes, the problem here is that the power of Sherburn's voice overwhelms
the dramatic context.  Henry Nash Smith once said something to the effect
that Sherburn becomes Clemens's inner demon; that is, we hear in Sherburn
the voice of the later Mark Twain, the voice of *What is Man?* and the
*Letters from the Earth* pieces.  It's a very different voice, and it led
Clemens away from the vernacular voice and values of Huckleberry Finn.