Book Review: Mark Twain, Man in White

For decades, the accepted view of Mark Twain’s last years is that he spent that time as a bitter, angry misanthrope, railing against human nature, religion, and society. Certainly, a posthumously-published collection of some of Twain’s more vitriolic essays, Mark Twain in Eruption (1940, edited by biographer and historian Bernard DeVoto) supports this view. It is also bolstered by Twain biographies, including Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan and Mark Twain: God’s Fool by Hamlin Lewis Hill. Continue reading