Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain Series Number 101 (Paperback)
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Cambridge Studies in American Literature and Culture: The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain Series Number 101 (Paperback)

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Passionate readers both, Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain courted through books, spelling out their expectations through literary references as they corresponded during their frequent separations. Surprisingly, in the process Olivia Langdon reveals herself not as a hypochondriacal hysteric, as many twentieth-century critics have portrayed her, but as a thoughtful intellectual, widely read in literature, history and modern science. Not so surprisingly, Samuel Clemens reveals himself as a critic and a sceptic, lampooning Langdon's physics lessons and her literary heroines. He also shows himself as an astute strategist, carefully manipulating Langdon and her parents. At the same time, Clemens's letters exhibit his own conservatism about women's nature and women's roles, while Langdon's show her carefully choosing from her culture's array of possible role models.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521556507
Number of pages: 216
Weight: 290 g
Dimensions: 221 x 148 x 15 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'This is cultural history with a light and critical touch ... Harris's close study of this particular courtship transaction has greatly enriched our understanding not only of the individuals concerned but of their contribution to that culture.' The Review of English Studies
"Harris nimbly interweaving texts (letters, diaries) and contexts, dispels the mystery, bringing back the real Mrs. Twain: a woman of genuine intellectual reach, and a passionate reader in an era where that passion could itself be a kind of art." The New Yorker

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