The Mark Twain Forum needs a reviewer for the following book:
Krauth, Leland. _Proper Mark Twain_. Athens: University of
Georgia Press, 1999. Pp. xvi + 304. Notes, bibliography, index.
Cloth, 6-1/4" x 9". $29.95. ISBN 0-8203-2106-0.
A description of the book is available at www.barnesandnoble.com, an
excerpt of which follows:
_Proper Mark Twain_ redefines the persona of the humorist to include
this bounded Twain, who affirms the dominant values of Victorian
America. Largely overlooked or sidestepped in critical commentaries,
the proper Twain informs all of the writer's major works. He also
appears in the early western writings, the personal courtship letters,
and the final autobiographical dictations. The proper Twain confirms
and upholds humorously what the transgressive Twain seems to
Krauth finds manifestations of the conventional in Twain's cultural
imperialism, literary domesticity, sentimentality, commitment to
progress, and even his humor. Further, he argues persuasively that the
bounded Twain speaks not only to appease his culture but to express
deeply held convictions. This meticulous study aims to determine just
how orthodox Twain was and to what extent he was a product of the
culture he seemed to oppose.
To see the proper Mark Twain, Krauth explains, is to understand how
Twain saw himself and what he meant to convey to his audience.
Throughout his career, Twain longed to be seen as more than a mere
humorist, claiming, as his, qualities dear to the Victorian heart:
seriousness, morality, and pathos. He contended that gravity and
tender feeling are "absolutely essential" in a humorist. Upholding
the elite culture he seemed to challenge, the proper Mark Twain even
hoped to cultivate the masses. Krauth's study uncovers a seldom-seen
side of America's most important humorist.
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