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Skandera-Trombley, Laura E.

Works: 2 works in 7 publications in 1 language and 755 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies 
Roles: Author
Classifications: PS1332, 818.409
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Most widely held works by Laura E Skandera-Trombley
Mark Twain in the company of women by Laura E Skandera-Trombley( Book )

6 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 754 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 )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library 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
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Mark Twain in the company of women
Mark Twain's other woman : the hidden story of his final years
Alternative Names
Skandera Trombley, Laura E.

Trombley, Laura E. Skandera-