Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale

Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale

By: Henry B. Wonham

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Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale is a study of a peculiar American comic strategy and its role in Mark Twain's fiction. Focusing on the writer's experiments with narrative structure, Wonham describes how Twain manipulated conventional approaches to reading and writing by engaging his audience in a series of rhetorical games--the rules of which he adapted from the conventions of tall tale in American oral and written traditions. Wonham goes on to show how Twain's appropriation of the genre developed through the course of his career, from The Innocents Abroad to Tom Sawyer, HuckFinn, and Pudd'nhead Wilson. This eminently readable study will interest Twain enthusiasts and students of nineteenth-century American literature, as well as anyone interested in American humor and oral narrative traditions.

Title: Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale

Author Name: Henry B. Wonham

Categories: FC,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA: March 1993

ISBN Number: 0195078012

ISBN Number 13: 9780195078015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Collectible - Very Good

Jacket Condition: Good

Seller ID: 15826

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