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The Devil's Race-Track

Mark Twain's "Great Dark" Writings, The Best from Which Was the Dream? and Fables of Man

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Mark Twain explores the darker side of life in these lesserknown later writings dealing with personal tragedies, nightmarish world events, and a doubtful cosmic order. He views his own situation as that of a ship trapped in a fearsome Bermuda Triangle-like region, the Devil's Race-Track. He sees history as a treadmill of endlessly and monotonously repeated events. And he conceives of a universal food chain, a vast round of devourers who in their turn become victims, humankind and God included. The tone of these writings is lightened considerably by Mark Twain's sagely ironic humor and his warmth, which together balance his tough-mindedness. And even when he shows the human race caught in some vicious circle, he may be seen courageously seeking a way out and at times believing he has found it.

Author Biography

John S.Tuckey was Professor of English at Purdue University. He was the author of Mark Twain and Little Satan as well as other studies on the writings of Mark Twain.
Release date Australia
March 18th, 2005
Author
Contributors
Introduction by John S. Tuckey Other primary creator Richard A. Watson
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
405
Dimensions
152x229x24
ISBN-13
9780520238930
Product ID
1906958

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