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Skandera-Trombley, Laura E.

Works: 8 works in 50 publications in 2 languages and 5,356 library holdings
Genres: History  Fiction  Diary fiction  Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humorous fiction  Conference papers and proceedings  Satire  Bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Laura E Skandera-Trombley
Mark Twain in the company of women by Laura E Skandera-Trombley( Book )

9 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 767 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The field of Mark Twain biography has been dominated by men, and Samuel Clemens himself - riverboat pilot, Western correspondent, silver prospector, world traveler - has been traditionally portrayed as a man's man. The publication of Laura E. Skandera-Trombley's Mark Twain in the Company of Women, however, marks a significant departure from conventional scholarship. Skandera-Trombley, the first woman to write a scholarly biography of Mark Twain, contends that Clemens intentionally surrounded himself with women, and that his capacity to produce extended fictions had almost as much to do with the environment shaped by his female family as with the talent and genius of the writer himself. Women helped Clemens to define his boundaries, both personal and literary. Women shaped his life, edited his books, and provided models for his fictional characters. Clemens read and corresponded with female authors, and often actively promoted their careers. Skandera-Trombley seeks to combine a biographical study of Clemens's life with his beloved wife, Olivia (Livy) Langdon, and their three daughters, Susy, Clara, and Jean, with new readings of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Several crucial areas are investigated: the nature of Clemens's family participation in his writing process, the degree to which their experiences as women during the mid- and late nineteenth century affected his writing, and the extent to which the loss of his family may have impeded and ultimately ended his ability to write lengthy narratives. Skandera-Trombley points out that in marrying Livy, Clemens not only joined a family of substantial means, but also entered one active in the suffragist, abolitionist, and other reformist movements, which had deep roots in the progressive community of Elmira, New York. Mark Twain in the Company of Women will be of interest to Twain scholars and readers as well as students in American studies, women's studies, nineteenth-century history, and political and cultural studies
Mark Twain's other woman : the hidden story of his final years by Laura E Skandera-Trombley( Book )

6 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 729 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The author tells the story of the relationship between Mark Twain and Isabel Van Kleek Lyon, Twain's personal secretary and nursemaid during his final years after the death of his wife
Critical essays on Maxine Hong Kingston( Book )

6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 702 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book contains both newly commissioned and reprinted critical essays and reviews on Maxine Hong Kingston's literary works, including articles by John Leonard, Diane Johnson, Nan Robertson, Fredric Wakeman Jr., Donald C. Goellnicht, Mary Slowik, Patricia Lin, and other writers
Constructing Mark Twain : new directions in scholarship by Laura E Skandera-Trombley( Book )

15 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 380 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Poetry and epistemology : turning points in the history of poetic knowledge : papers from the International Poetry Symposium, Eichstätt, 1983 by International Poetry Symposium( Book )

8 editions published in 1986 in English and German and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The diaries of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain( Book )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Introduction by Ursula le Guin. Afterword by Laura E. Skandera-Trombley
Mark Twain by Laura E Skandera-Trombley( )

in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A conversation with Maxine Hong Kingston by Maxine Hong Kingston( )

in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Critical essays on Maxine Hong Kingston
Alternative Names
Skandera Laura

Skandera Trombley Laura

Trombley Laura E. Skandera-

Trombley Laura Skandera

English (48)

German (2)

Mark Twain's other woman : the hidden story of his final yearsCritical essays on Maxine Hong KingstonConstructing Mark Twain : new directions in scholarshipThe diaries of Adam and Eve