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Mark Dawidziak <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 22 Apr 2008 13:10:26 -0400
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    If you're looking for a scholarly and insightful study of "Mark 
Twain and the Stage," you can do no better than Shelley Fisher Fishkin's 
essay in "A Companion to Mark Twain" (edited by Peter Messent and Louis 
J. Budd, Blackwell Publishing). Shelley also covers this territory in 
engaging fashion in her foreword, afterword and notes to the University 
of California Press published version of "Is He Dead? A Comedy in Three 
Acts" (2003). Together, these works give a thorough assessment of Twain 
and the stage during the writer's lifetime.
    Kent Rasmussen's "Mark Twain A to Z" and the expanded two-volume 
"Mark Twain: A Literary Reference to His Life and Work" (Facts on File, 
2007) contain several references that cover both the stage works during 
Twain's life and later adaptations.
    I'm not aware of any single work that lists and discuss such later 
adaptations as the Rodgers and Hart "Connecticut Yankee," the Adam and 
Eve segment of "The Apple Tree," David Birney's adaptation of "The 
Diaries of Adam and Eve," Roger Miller's Tony-winning "Big River" and 
the recent attempt to turn Tom Sawyer into a musical. Such a study 
certainly would be extremely valuable.
Alex Effgen wrote:
> Hello:
> Given Holbrook's recent tour of New England, and the successful run 
> of "Is He Dead?" I wonder what study has been made of Twain or his 
> works adapted for the stage both during his life and after.  Is there 
> an easy reference list of his work adapted?  Has this been discussed?
> Thanks!
> -Alex