The Reverend Mark Twain: Theological Burlesque, Form, and Content

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Ohio State University Press, 2006 - Literary Criticism - 228 pages
"I was made in His image," Mark Twain once said, "but have never been mistaken for Him." God may have made Mark Twain in His image, but Twain frequently remade himself by adopting divine personae as part of his literary burlesque. Readers were delighted, rather than fooled, when Twain adopted the image of religious vocation throughout his writing career: Theologian, Missionary, Priest, Preacher, Prophet, Saint, Brother Twain, Holy Samuel, the Bishop of New Jersey, and of course, the Reverend Mark Twain. Joe B. Fulton has not written a study of Samuel Langhorne Clemens's religious beliefs, but rather one about Twain's use of theological form and content in a number of his works-some well-known, others not so widely read.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
God Grotesques
38
CHAPTER 3
55
CHAPTER 4
79
Fairy Tale Epic and Hagiography in Personal
105
CHAPTER 6
140
CHAPTER 7
163
Conclusion
177
Works Cited
201
Index
221
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