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Critical Companion to Mark Twain, 2-Volume Set
  • Authored by: R. Kent Rasmussen
  • From the Series: Critical Companion to
  • Trim Size: 7-3/8 x 9-1/4
  • ISBN-10: 0816053987
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-8160-5398-8
  • Status: In Stock
  • List Price: $150.00
  • Imprint: Facts On File
  • Published: 05/01/2007
  • Dewey Number: 818.409
  • Reading Level: Grades 9 and up
  • Pages: 1168


Praise for the previous edition:
RASD/ALA "Outstanding Reference Source, 1996"

"'Essential' is the word for it! Libraries of all types will want this authoritative and attractive source."—American Libraries

"A fascinating and unique volume..."—Library Journal

"This is truly a wonderful compendium of information on one of the greats in American literature."—School Library Journal

The creator of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain has long been regarded as the quintessential American writer. Critical Companion to Mark Twain, an updated and expanded edition of the award-winning Mark Twain A to Z, is the essential reference to Mark Twain's life and writings.

All new to this two-volume edition are more than 30 extensive critical analyses on Mark Twain's most important works and a concise biography of Mark Twain. In addition, there are more than 350 completely new entries, several new appendixes and maps, and more than 100 new illustrations. Original entries have been updated and expanded to incorporate more details and to account for new developments in the field of Mark Twain studies. With more than 150,000 words of new material and a new, student-friendly structure, Critical Companion to Mark Twain is the essential reference for students, librarians, scholars, and fans of Mark Twain.

Coverage includes:

  • A concise but comprehensive biography of Mark Twain
  • Detailed synopses of, and critical commentaries on, all of Mark Twain's major works
  • Discussions of all the characters and places in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer and major characters and fictional places in other works
  • Entries on family, friends, contemporaries, places, publishers, topics, and more
  • Appendixes, including a glossary of terms used by Mark Twain, a chronology, a bibliography, and much more.


Black-and-white photographs, illustrations, and maps. Index. Appendixes. Bibliographies. Cross-references. Chronology. Filmography. Mediagraphy. In two volumes.

About the Author(s)

R. Kent Rasmussen is a former associate editor of the Marcus Garvey papers at UCLA, where he earned a Ph.D. in history. Among his many publications are several acclaimed reference books on Africa and Mark Twain's Book for Bad Boys and Girls. He has also written Farewell to Jim Crow and Modern African Political Leaders, both for Facts On File. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife.

Reviews and Awards

"...excellent...not just immensely useful but also a highly entertaining read."
Kirkus Reviews

"Valuable...wide-ranging information..."
School Library Journal

"An excellent, well-detailed resource for high-school, public, and academic libraries."

"...improves upon the original...For researchers seeking factual details and some literary analysis, it is an impressive resource. Recommended."

"...sets a new standard for completeness and detail...represents an incredible accomplishment for this most productive and resourceful of the Twain reference experts."
Mark Twain Forum

"...[a] remarkably thorough reference..."
Reference & Research Book News

"...clearly written and accessible..."
SLJ Curriculum Connections

"...excellent...very useful...All academic and most high school libraries should seriously consider adding this modestly priced guide to their collections."
American Reference Books Annual

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