Taylor, I'd be interested if nobody beat me to it. For the CD and/or the
From: Taylor Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Saturday, April 10, 1999 5:43 PM
Subject: Reviewer needed for _Huck Finn_ CD-ROM and video
>The Mark Twain Forum needs a reviewer for the following items:
> _The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Understanding a Classic_.
> Princeton, N.J.: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, 1998. 34
> mins., color. FFH 7968. VHS Format. Purchase: $149.00. Rental:
> $75.00. Prices include public performance rights.
> Few works in American literature address issues as timeless as those
> explored in Mark Twain's controversial novel, Huckleberry Finn. In
> this program, three scholars, including noted Twain biographer Justin
> Kaplan, examine the work and its various themes--race, cruelty,
> consequences of greed, meaning of civilization, and the nature of
> freedom. The author's life is traced from his days as a printer's
> apprentice, riverboat pilot, and journalist, to renowned author. Twain
> scholars Shelley Fishkin and David Lionel Smith discuss
> African-American influences from Twain's childhood that are reflected
> in the work, and suggest that these references, misinterpreted by
> readers, form the basis for charges that Twain was a racist. Incidents
> from his life, including his vehement anti-slavery and anti-racist
> articles couched in irony, provide convincing counterpoint to the
> _Mark Twain: Huckleberry Finn and Other Works_. Princeton, N.J.:
> Films for the Humanities & Sciences, 1998. FFH 7960. CD-ROM.
> $149.00. Price include public performance rights.
> This valuable scholarly companion provides in-depth information that
> allows students to gain a true appreciation of six major works:
> _Huckleberry Finn_, "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," "The Man
> That Corrupted Hadleyburg," "The $30,000 Bequest," "A True Story," and
> "Sociable Jimmy".
> - The full text of all six works, fully searchable by word or phrase
> - A screening room containing interviews with Twain scholars Justin
> Kaplan, author of the definitive Twain biography, _Mr. Clemens and
> Mark Twain_; David Lionel Smith, Professor of English at Williams
> College; and Shelley Fishkin, Professor of American Studies and
> General Editor of _The Oxford Mark Twain_
> - A network of hyper-links which illuminate themes in Huckleberry
> - 10 essays including whether Twain should be considered a racist; his
> forays into publishing; his stance as an anti-imperialist; his early
> and travels; his problems with international copyright infringements;
> the influences of his wife and of the Reconstruction backlash on his
> Special functions: All text is easily accessible with the "turn" of a
> page. Editions pop-up by moving the cursor over the text. Pages or
> portions of the text can be printed and added to portfolios. The
> CD-ROM can be used with either Windows or Macintosh.
>As usual, the review must be of publishable quality, and it would be due
>within two months of your receipt of the book (i.e., due late-June
>1999). The deadline is particularly important, as we are making every
>effort for Forum reviews to appear before print reviews. If you are
>inclined to procrastinate, please don't offer to review the book.
>An ideal reviewer would be teaching HF this semester, and still have
>time remaining to incorporate this material into a class or two, and
>thus gather some student feedback.
>If you would like to see the general content and style of Forum book
>reviews, feel free to browse the archive of reviews, which are available
>If you're interested in writing a review, please send me both your home
>and institutional mailing addresses and phone numbers. If I don't know
>you already, it would be helpful for you to explain in what respect
>you're qualified to write the review. (If we haven't exchanged e-mail
>recently, it might be a good idea for you to remind me of this info.)
>I look forward to hearing from you.
>Taylor Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
>Book review editor, Mark Twain Forum