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Ordeal of Mark Twain

Van Wyck Brooks (1886-1963)

1. 01 - Chapter I - Introductory: Mark Twain's Despair, Part 1
2. 02 - Chapter I - Introductory: Mark Twain's Despair, Part 2
3. 03 - Chapter II - The Candidate for Life, Part 1
4. 04 - Chapter II - The Candidate for Life, Part 2
5. 05 - Chapter III - The Gilded Age, Part 1
6. 06 - Chapter III - The Gilded Age, Part 2
7. 07 - Chapter IV - In the Crucible, Part 1
8. 08 - Chapter IV - In the Crucible, Part 2
9. 09 - Chapter V - The Candidate for Gentility, Part 1
10. 10 - Chapter V - The Candidate for Gentility, Part 2
11. 11 - Chapter VI - Everybody's Neighbor, Part 1
12. 12 - Chapter VI - Everybody's Neighbor, Part 2
13. 13 - Chapter VII - The Playboy in Letters, Part 1
14. 14 - Chapter VII - The Playboy in Letters, Part 2
15. 15 - Chapter VIII - Those Extraordinary Twins, Part 1
16. 16 - Chapter VIII - Those Extraordinary Twins, Part 2
17. 17 - Chapter IX - Mark Twain's Humor, Part 1
18. 18 - Chapter IX - Mark Twain's Humor, Part 2
19. 19 - Chapter X - Let Somebody Else Begin, Part 1
20. 20 - Chapter X - Let Somebody Else Begin, Part 2
21. 21 - Chapter XI - Mustered Out, Part 1
22. 22 - Chapter XI - Mustered Out, Part 2

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Summary

This book, published in 1920, analyzes the literary progression of Samuel Clemens and his shortcomings (which are debatable). Brooks attributes Clemens' increasing sense of pessimism to the repression of his creative spirit due largely to his mother and his wife.