Mr Clemens & Mark Twain (Signed copy)
Malcolm Bradbury's signed review copy
First UK edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 23.5 × 15.5cm, 424pp.
This copy was Malcolm Bradbury's, and sent to him for review. He has signed the ffep from Norwich 1967, as well as an ex libris sticker to the same page which states this was a review copy.
Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America’s "Gilded Age," comes alive in Justin Kaplan’s extraordinary biography. With brilliant immediacy, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain brings to life a towering literary figure whose dual persona symbolized the emerging American conflict between down-to-earth morality and freewheeling ambition. As Mark Twain, he was the Mississippi riverboat pilot, the satirist with a fiery hatred of pretension, and the author of such classics as Tom Sawyer andHuckleberry Finn. As Mr. Clemens, he was the star who married an heiress, built a palatial estate, threw away fortunes on harebrained financial schemes, and lived the extravagant life that Mark Twain despised. Kaplan effectively portrays the triumphant-tragic man whose achievements and failures, laughter and anger, reflect a crucial generation in our past as well as his own dark, divided, and remarkably contemporary spirit.
The book is in good solid condition, but with finger marking to the pages edges, inoffensive marginal pencil marks and a musty odour. The dustwrapper is rubbed to the edges but has not been price-clipped and is now within a protective sleeve.