Confederate Bushwhacker: Mark Twain in the Shadow of the Civil War
Jerome LovingE-book: $26.99
The veracity of ‘The Private History of a Campaign That Failed’ and how its composition reflected or changed Samuel Clemens’s outlook on life as expressed through his subsequent literature will continue to be debated among scholars. Loving’s study focuses on the broader picture of America in the shadow of the Civil War and how Samuel Clemens stepped out of it to deliver his own story.
—Mark Twain Forum
The author of a major Mark Twain biography returns here with a true masterstroke-a searching analysis of one pivotal year in his subject’s life.
—Alan Gribben, author of Mark Twain’s Library
This book provides some interesting information about Twain’s life in 1885 and should be read by any scholar studying Mark Twain.
—The Journal of Southern History
Confederate Bushwhacker . . . captures a moment in which American collective memory of the Civil War started to show cracks in its proverbial armor.
This book is a joy to read-rich, informative, at times quite funny, at other times remarkably illuminating about both the period under discussion and our own troubled era. Jerome Loving is one of our preeminent American literary biographers; he has written himself-via his masterful trilogy of biographies of the nation’s first truly democratic writers (Whitman, Twain, and Dreiser)-into the distinguished company of Justin Kaplan, Gay Wilson Allen, and Robert D. Richardson.
—Ed Folsom, editor of the Iowa Whitman Series and the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review
JEROME LOVING is Distinguished Professor of English at Texas A&M University, and author of biographies of Walt Whitman, Theodore Dreiser, and Mark Twain.