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Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age (Amer Lit Realism & Naturalism) Hardcover – January 7, 2007


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"Bush attempts 'to consider how Twain's social and cultural environments were deeply indebted to Christianity of a special time and place in American history.' This is a cultural biography of Mark Twain's religious ethos "that focuses on the positive contribution of American religion" in his life and work. Early chapters center on the author's roots, his wife, and the 'moral ethics of the Victorian home,' exploring the ways his wife and religious friends, including Pastor Joe Twichell, affected his ideas and writing. Bush succeeds in recovering 'the moral language and cultural traditions that Mark Twain drew upon in creating his literary legacy.' Bush asserts that many readers think Mark Twain criticized those who worshipped and are unaware of the fact that his views on religion changed in later life. Additional chapters discuss Mark Twain's faith and his view on life and the future, and the book culminates with a discussion on the grief Twain faced in his final years. A section of detailed notes provides additional references and information. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
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"This is an original and significant contribution to Twain studies. . . . Material on the Chinese mission, the reinterpretation of his early soul-searching, and the deeper look at Twichell are valuable to understanding Twain."--David Sloane, author of Mark Twain as a Literary Comedian

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The writer’s fascination with America’s spiritual and religious evolution in the 19th century.

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Hal Bush is a professor of English at Saint Louis University, and a writer of criticism, biography, history, and fiction. His new book out in fall of 2015 is titled 'Continuing Bonds with the Dead': Parental Grief and American Authorship. He is currently completing work on his first novel, The Hemingway Files. He spends time walking his dogs throughout the city of St. Louis, watching movies with his wife, playing guitar with his friends, and reading scores of papers by his students. At other times, he reads whatever strikes his fancy.
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