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Powers also gives insight into the unique genius of Twain.
Overall, though, as a substantial work with a broad scope, the author is most successful when he presents Twain in the context of a rapidly changing nation.
I would think that anyone interested in writing, literature, and American history would enjoy Power's biography as thoroughly as I did.
Interesting trip into the life of Samuel Clemens - connects a lot of scattered info into a cohesive narrative.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is a big book. And a big trip. Ron Powers has done Mark Twain justice, and made his life one big raft trip, which at first you don't want to end . . . Read morePublished 7 days ago by JimtheBaptist
Although a lengthy book, it held my attention all the way through by sketching mark twain against the historical events unfolding as he lived each phase of his life.Published 23 days ago by ljk
The language was superb along with the detail. Respectful and realistic accounting of a talented man and his time. Long!Published 6 months ago by Lewis Caliento
As Mr. Powers notes, that archives that contain the letters and documents surrounding Mark Twain's life are among the richest of any person that has ever lived. Read morePublished 11 months ago by eric
But so casually written with lots of slang that that it begins to grate.
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I wished I had read all of the reviews because I would not have purchased it. This statement from another: "This could have, and should have been a five star review, but the author... Read morePublished 20 months ago by David D Manthei
I thought it was, and this is my third or fourth Mark Twain biography. It has more detail and contains a synopsis of each of his major works. Read morePublished on July 12, 2012 by Barry Sharpe