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Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2023 10:49:52 -0600
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If you go to the Google Advanced Book Search page at


Type in EXACT PHRASE  Mark Twain
and ALL THE WORDS trickster

You will get a long list of books that have addressed the topic.


On Thu, Feb 9, 2023 at 10:44 AM Dave Davis <[log in to unmask]>

> Two Words (or one number): #44
> On Thu, Feb 9, 2023 at 11:42 AM Scott Holmes <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
> > Just now side-tracked from considering the accusations of "racism" in
> > Twain's and Joel  Chandler Harris' works, I'm looking at the use of the
> > Trickster.  I did come across what looked like a very nice essay on the
> > subject but it was part of one of those web sites devoted to supplying
> > students with ready-made papers.  It allowed me to read the first page
> > but required payment for anything more than that.  I do not want to
> > support such endeavors.
> >
> > Anyway, my brief bit of googling as not turned up much so I'm asking
> > here if there are suggestions as to legitimate sources in this.  Just on
> > the surface I can recognize tricksters in much of Twain's work,
> > including both Huck and Tom as tricksters.  There is Brer Rabbit in the
> > Uncle Remus Tales;  much of the Arabian Nights tales involves
> > tricksters; and perhaps even Twain's acceptance of the Hiawatha
> > stories.  In the later case he is mistaken as the legitimacy of the
> > tales as Ojibwa legends but they  do reflect the tales of the trickster
> > Manabozho.
> >
> > --
> > /Unaffiliated Geographer and Twain aficionado/
> >