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Fishkin, Shelley Fisher

Overview
Works: 96 works in 429 publications in 1 language and 20,215 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Encyclopedias  Reference works  Controversial literature  Drama  Fiction  Historical fiction  Anecdotes 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Thesis advisor, Other, Producer, Creator
Classifications: PS1322, 818.409
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Most widely held works by Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Was Huck Black? : Mark Twain and African-American voices by Shelley Fisher Fishkin( Book )

18 editions published between 1992 and 1994 in English and held by 2,643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published in 1884, Huckberry Finn has become one of the most widely taught novels in American curricula. But where did it come from, and what made it so distinctive? Shelly Fisher Fishkin suggests that in Huckleberry Finn, more than in any other work, Mark Twain let African-American voices, language, and rhetorical traditions play a major role in the creation of his art. In Was Huck Black?, Fishkin combines close readings of published and unpublished writing by Twain with intensive biographical and historical research and insights gleaned from linguistics, literary theory, and folklore to shed new light on the role African-American voices played in the genesis of Huckleberry Finn. Given that book's importance in American culture, her analysis illuminates, as well, how African-American voices have shaped our sense of what is distinctively "American" about American literature. Fishkin shows that Mark Twain was surrounded, throughout his life, by richly talented African-American speakers whose rhetorical gifts Twain admired candidly and profusely. A black child named Jimmy whom Twain called "the most art-less, sociable, and exhaustless talker I ever came across" helped Twain understand the potential of a vernacular narrator in the years before he began writing Huckberry Finn, and served as a model for the voice with which Twain would transform American literature. A slave named Jerry whom Twain referred to as an "impudent and satirical and delightful young black man" taught Twain about "signifying"--Satire in an African-American vein - when Twain was a teenager (later Twain would recall that he thought him "the greatest man in the United States" at the time). Other African-American voices left their mark on Twain's imagination as well - but their role in the creation of his art has never been recognized. Was Huck Black? adds a new dimension to current debates over multiculturalism and the canon. American literary historians have told a largely segregated story: white writers come from white literary ancestors, black writers from black ones. The truth is more complicated and more interesting. While African-American culture shaped Huckleberry Finn, that novel, in turn, helped shape African-American writing in the twentieth century. As Ralph Ellison commented in an interview with Fishkin, Twain "made it possible for many of us to find our own voices." Was Huck Black? dramatizes the crucial role of black voices in Twain's art, and takes the first steps beyond traditional cultural boundaries to unveil an American literary heritage that is infinitely richer and more complex than we had thought
A historical guide to Mark Twain( )

18 editions published in 2002 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,887 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Historical Guides to American Authors is an interdisciplinary, historically sensitive series that combines close attention to the United States' most widely read and studied authors with a strong sense of time, place, and history. Placing each writer in the contect of the vibrant relationship between literature and contemporary social, political, and cultural relevance. they also include a capsule biography and illustrated chronology detailing important cultural events as they coincided with the author's life and works, while photographs and illustrations dating from the period capture the flavor of the author's time and social milieu. Equally accessible to students of literature and of life, the volumes offer a complete and rounded picture of each author in his or her America. -- back cover
Is he dead? : a comedy in three acts by Mark Twain( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2006 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,871 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This comedy, which has never appeared in print or on stage, is at last available to the wide audience Mark Twain always wished it to reach. Written in 1898 in Vienna, as Twain emerged from one of the deepest depressions of his life, Is He Dead? shows his superb gift for humor operating at its most energetic. A reflection of Twain's perennial fascination with the theater, the play is sure to become a treasured addition to his remarkable legacy." "Elements of farce and social satire work together in Is He Dead? as Twain takes a characteristically wry look at the world market in art. The play centers on a group of poor artists in Barbizon, France, who stage the death of a friend to drive up the price of his paintings. In order to make this scheme succeed, the artists hatch various hilarious plots involving cross-dressing, a full-scale fake funeral, lovers' deceptions, and much more."--Jacket
Mark Twain's book of animals by Mark Twain( )

18 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 1,799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Longtime admirers of Mark Twain are aware of how integral animals were to his work as a writer, starting with the first stories to bring him national acclaim and continuing through his final years, with many of these pieces left unpublished at his death. This beautiful volume, illustrated with 30 new images by master engraver Barry Moser, gathers writings from the full span of Mark Twain's career and elucidates his special attachment to and regard for animals. What may surprise even longtime readers and fans is that Twain was an early and ardent animal welfare advocate, the most prominent American of his day to take up that cause. Edited and selected by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, who has also supplied an introduction and afterword, Mark Twain's Book of Animals includes stories that are familiar along with those that are appearing in print for the first time. We encounter Twain at his silliest, his most philosophical, his most sardonic, and his most sentimental. Texts are dark as well as playful, repellent as well as appealing-as full of variety, complexity, surprise, and delight as the author himself-and bring into sharp relief a rarely observed aspect of Twain's work
Writing America : literary landmarks from Walden Pond to Wounded Knee, a reader's companion by Shelley Fisher Fishkin( Book )

7 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and held by 1,378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents descriptions and illustrations of over 150 historical landmarks associated with well-known American writers and poets, discussing the influence these sites had on their development as artists and on the creation of their works. --Publisher's description
Lighting out for the territory : reflections on Mark Twain and American culture by Shelley Fisher Fishkin( Book )

24 editions published between 1996 and 1998 in English and held by 1,289 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fishkin "offers an intriguing look at how Mark Twain's life and work have been cherished, memorialized, exploited, and misunderstood."
The encyclopedia of civil rights in America( Book )

7 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,197 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains 683 alphabetically arranged articles that provide information about the history, meaning, and application of civil rights issues in the United States, covering people, places, events, politics, laws, government agencies, court cases, and other topics
The Mark Twain anthology : great writers on his life and works( Book )

12 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 1,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Brings together the words of over 60 writers, from Twain's earliest reviews to today, probing the many facets of his incomparable humor, his revolutionary use of vernacular language, his exploration of the realities of American life, and his fearless opposition to the injustices and outrages of an imperialistic age
From fact to fiction : journalism & imaginative writing in America by Shelley Fisher Fishkin( Book )

29 editions published between 1985 and 1988 in English and held by 1,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How to tell a story, and other essays by Mark Twain( Book )

8 editions published between 1897 and 1996 in English and held by 720 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction by David Bradley. Afterword by Pascal Covici, Jr
Listening to silences : new essays in feminist criticism by Elaine Hedges( Book )

12 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 712 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Forming a highly diverse group, the contributors to Listening to Silences include Kate Adams, Norma Alarcon, Joanne Braxton, King-Kok Cheung, Constance Coiner, Robin Dizard, Shelley Fisher Fishkin, Diana Hume George, Elaine Hedges, Carla Kaplan, Patricia Laurence, Rebecca Mark, Diane Middlebrook, Carla L. Peterson, Lillian Robinson, Deborah Silverton Rosenfelt, Judith L. Sensibar, Judith Bryant Wittenberg, and Sharon Zuber
1601 ; and, Is Shakespeare dead? by Mark Twain( Book )

7 editions published between 1882 and 1996 in English and held by 695 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1880, John Hay, the humorist and statesman, had four copies printed, without a name attached (only one copy of this version is known to exist). Amazingly, the first book edition was printed in 1882 at West Point, by a friend of Clemens and Twichell, in an edition of 50 copies on handmade paper soaked in coffee, with special punches for the Old English spelling required. ... Further editions were printed during Twain's lifetime, although Twain did not claim the piece until 1906 in a letter."--Humor in America blog, June 20, 2013 <http://humorinamerica.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/in-the-archives-mark-twain-date-1601-conversation-as-it-was-by-the-social-fireside-in-the-time-of-the-tudors/>
Christian Science by Mark Twain( Book )

7 editions published between 1907 and 2010 in English and held by 662 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction by Garry Wills. Afterword by Hamlin Hill
Silences by Tillie Olsen( )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Special 25th anniversary edition of the landmark survey that revolutionized the view of literary history
An Introduction to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain by Adam Kampe( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Readings of excerpts and critical analysis of the classic Twain story of a young boy growing up in Hannibal, Missouri
Feminist engagements : forays into American literature and culture by Shelley Fisher Fishkin( Book )

5 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 491 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offers historically-grounded, feminist interventions into American literary history by one of the country's leading scholars in American Studies. Integrating criticism, biography, social history, popular culture, and personal narrative ,explores the poetry, fiction, nonfiction and drama of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century. These charismatic, readable essays range from explorations of feminist humor and chutzpah, to meditations on the personal and the political, to examinations of feminists challenges to cultural paradigms. From publisher description
People of the book : thirty scholars reflect on their Jewish identity by Jeffrey Rubin-Dorsky( Book )

8 editions published in 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 355 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The sport of the gods : and other essential writings by Paul Laurence Dunbar( Book )

6 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) overcame racism and poverty to become one of the best-known authors in America, and the first African American to earn a living from his poetry, fiction, drama, journalism, and lectures. This original collection includes the short novel The Sport of the Gods, Dunbar's essential essays and short stories, and his finest poems, such as "Sympathy," all of which explore crucial social, political, and humanistic issues at the dawn of the twentieth century. A hundred years after Dunbar's untimely death, this hugely talented writer is due for a major rediscovery."--Jacket
The Oxford Mark Twain by Mark Twain( Book )

11 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zhi Lin : in search of the lost history of Chinese migrants and the transcontinental railroads( Book )

1 edition published in 2017 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Was Huck Black? : Mark Twain and African-American voices
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A historical guide to Mark TwainIs he dead? : a comedy in three actsMark Twain's book of animalsLighting out for the territory : reflections on Mark Twain and American cultureThe encyclopedia of civil rights in AmericaThe Mark Twain anthology : great writers on his life and worksFrom fact to fiction : journalism & imaginative writing in AmericaHow to tell a story, and other essays