>The Dark Years of Twain are considered to be during the years that his
>daughter(s) and wife died.  "What is Man?" is a work from that period.
>Rob McMonigal

Is there a citation for this remark? If so, I would like to see it.
My impression always has been that any dark writing, whether by Twain or
anyone else, is defined as such by the reader. Like pornography, I can't
define it, but I know it when I see it.
Marcus W. Koechig
M&M Books
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...And so there ain't nothing more to write about and I am rotten glad of it...