In twain

Related to In twain: never the twain shall meet
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Whereupon, this accomplished swordsman, warning all hands to stand off, once more makes a scientific dash at the mass, and with a few sidelong, desperate, lunging slicings, severs it completely in twain; so that while the short lower part is still fast, the long upper strip, called a blanket-piece, swings clear, and is all ready for lowering.
If I'd known her better, I should have exclaimed, "You dear!" and I think it possible that I did say something to that effect,--perhaps "You dear woman!" At all events, the veil of self-consciousness was rent in twain at that remark, and our spirits rushed together at this touch of London nature thus unexpectedly revealed.
I am pretty proud of the work that I did in Twain's Brand: Humor in Contemporary American Culture (University Press of Mississippi, 2012).
Richard Zacks adds to that estimable pile with Chasing the Last Laugh (Doubleday, $30, 464 pages, ISBN 9780385536448), an impeccably researched and thoroughly engaging account of a less celebrated chapter in Twain's life.
I had only to turn my head and look up the steep incline of Hill Street to see the mix of dilapidated and well-kept houses that reflected the widening disparity in America, worse perhaps than in Twain's Gilded Age.
Yet this context "is firmly denied" in Twain's work because the minstrel performance never reveals the singer's actual face, and the vision of the performance quickly fades away for the protagonist, just as "the possibility for cultural synthesis fades as well" (33).
As is the case with many of the essays in this collection, these statements were never published in Twain's lifetime (although Joshi does not note which pieces were and which were not, information that would be extremely valuable to the reader, especially to students using this volume in the classroom).
Bush's concluding chapter, "Mark Twain's Grief" acknowledges the despairingly bitter tone that prevails in Twain's late writing, but he ascribes it, in effect, to mental illness caused by the tragic fact of Twain outliving his wife and three of his four children.
An important study for any interested in Twain's Jewish sentiments.
Photos identify important people in Twain's life, including his mother, his four daughters, and Horace Bixby, the pilot who introduced him to navigation on the ever-shifting Mississippi River.
The fourth and final section of the book is somewhat mistitled as "Humorist," for it focuses on the various situations and moods in Twain's life--especially his later life when humor was sparse.
"The 1882 trip was the watershed moment in Twain's literary career and a major turning point in American literature," Freiling said.