Mark Twain, the World, and Me: Following the Equator, Then and Now

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University Alabama Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.01 pounds

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About the Author

Susan K. Harris is distinguished professor emerita at the University of Kansas. She is author of God's Arbiters: Americans and the Philippines, 1898-1902; The Cultural Work of the Late Nineteenth Century Hostess: Annie Adams Fields and Mary Gladstone Drew; The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain; 19th-Century American Women's Novels: Interpretive Strategies; and Mark Twain's Escape from Time: A Study of Patterns and Images.


"This enormously compelling memoir of Harris's attempt to retrace Twain's travels during his 1895-1986 round-the-world lecture tour is more than simply an engaging work of creative nonfiction, it might just be the best book-length work of scholarship yet written on Twain's Following the Equator."
--Joseph Csicsila, coauthor of Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain

"In this engaging memoir, Susan Kumin Harris tracks Mark Twain around the globe, reflecting upon her own story and identity to provide new insight into Twain's fascinating and contradictory mind. As a Jewish woman married to an African American man, Harris is uniquely positioned to reconsider the modern relevance of Twain's writings on
religion, the fluidity of race and gender, and more as she retraces his journeys from Australia to India to South Africa. It's a trip worth taking."
--Andrew Beahrs, author of Twain's Feast: Searching for America's Lost Foods in the Footsteps of Samuel Clemens

"Writing with great a understanding and appreciation of Twain, Harris shows how the issues that engaged him in his travels still invite discussion today. This insightful book opens a window on a person, and a past, that continues to resonate."
--Publishers Weekly

"In Mark Twain, the World, and Me, Susan Harris shows great skill in describing both the pull and the personal stakes that brought her into such a sustained, fruitful engagement with Mark Twain--a cultural icon who seems to radiate 'unlikeness' with regard to her own roots and upbringing. There's no self-indulgence here; instead, we see the high-risk adventure that informs the best literary scholarship."
--Bruce Michelson, author of Printer's Devil: Mark Twain and the American Publishing Revolution