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Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His…

Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis of His Age (Amer Lit Realism &…

by Harold K. Bush Jr

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The writer & rsquo;s fascination with America & rsquo;s spiritual and religious evolution in the 19th century. Mark Twain is often pictured as a severe critic of religious piety, shaking his fist at God and mocking the devout. Such a view, however, is only partly correct. It ignores the social realities of Twain & rsquo;s major period as a writer and his own spiritual interests: his participation in church activities, his socially progressive agenda, his reliance on religious themes in his major works, and his friendships with clergymen, especially his pastor and best friend, Joe Twichell. It also b.… (more)

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