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Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 10 Dec 2000 16:53:55 -0500
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The Mark Twain Forum needs a reviewer for the following book:

Fulton, Joe B.  _Mark Twain in the Margins, The Quarry Farm Marginalia and
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_.  University of Alabama Press,
2000.  Pp. 205.  $34.95.  ISBN 0-8173-1033-9.

Partial text from the jacket reads:

"The common characterization of Mark Twain as an uneducated and
improvisational writer took hold largely because of the novelist's own
frequent claims about his writing practices.  But using recently discovered
evidence--Twain's marginal notes in books he consulted as he worked on _A
Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_ -- Joe Fulton argues for a
reconsideration of scholarly views about Twain's writing process, showing
that this great American author crafted his novels with careful research
and calculated design."

Fulton's transcription of marginalia and underlinings found in books in the
Quarry Farm library comprise about half of this book.

The ideal reviewer for this book would be someone who is well familiar with
_A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court_ and is comfortable reviewing
literary criticism.  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 the first of March.)  The deadline is particularly important.  In all
fairness to publishers and authors, if you are inclined to procrastinate,
or have difficulty meeting deadlines, please do not offer to review this

If you would like to see the general content and style of Forum reviews,
please browse the reviews page at TwainWeb:

A link to the style sheet is at the bottom of the reviews page.

If you're interested in writing this review, please send me both your home
and institutional mailing addresses and phone numbers.  Please include a
brief explanation regarding your qualifications to review this book.

Barbara Schmidt
Book review editor, Mark Twain Forum
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