The Sundquist essay referring to the lynching of Italians started out in the collection of essays on Pudd'nhead Wilson edited by Susan Gilman and Forrest Robinson in 1990. It was recast and incorporated into his To Wake the Nations. This essay is a model of the new historicism properly and illuminatingly applied to Mark Twain. Glen Johnson ________________________________________ From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] on behalf of Peter Messent [[log in to unmask]] Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 1:28 PM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: a couple of little known pieces I have feeling Eric Sundquist has written at length on the Puddn'head Wilson Italian connection in one of his books (To Wake the Nations). Not entirely sure though. Pete ________________________________________ From: Mark Twain Forum [[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of JULES AUSTIN HOJNOWSKI [[log in to unmask]] Sent: 06 October 2011 17:16 To: [log in to unmask] Subject: Re: a couple of little known pieces Hi Hal :) Unfortunately for helping, I am at the RMMLA this week. I'll watch to see if you get a response next week and if not, I'll go throu= gh my research to see if I have anything for you :) Jules -----Original Message----- From: Mark Twain Forum [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Harold Bush Sent: Thursday, October 06, 2011 10:57 AM To: [log in to unmask] Subject: a couple of little known pieces Does anyone know of, and perhaps can direct my attention to the location of= , a couple of minor pieces by MT --both mentioned by the late Lou Budd in h= is still amazingly relevant and useful book MT: Social Philosopher: "Brief Biography of the Government" & "A Difficult Conundrum"? (both around= the turn of century) Prof. Budd also asserts in this book that Puddn'head Wilson's use of lynch= ing was somehow spurred onward by the infamous lynching of eleven Italians = in New Orleans, March 1891, but he gives no reason for this assertion. Any= ideas about this possible connection; or evidence that Twain had this spec= ific incident in mind as he wrote PW? thanks, -hb -- Harold K. Bush, Ph.D Professor of English Saint Louis University St. Louis, MO 63108 314-977-3616 (w); 314-771-6795 (h) <www.slu.edu/x23809.xml> This message and any attachment are intended solely for the addressee and may contain confidential information. If you have received this message in error, please send it back to me, and immediately delete it. Please do not use, copy or disclose the information contained in this message or in any attachment. Any views or opinions expressed by the author of this email do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Nottingham. This message has been checked for viruses but the contents of an attachment may still contain software viruses which could damage your computer system: you are advised to perform your own checks. Email communications with the University of Nottingham may be monitored as permitted by UK legislation.