Reading List

The following works are referenced using the bracketed abbreviations below throughout this blog.  These books fired my imagination and aided greatly in my research.  I certainly didn’t read them all word for word, but some I read over and over.  They’re that good.

Girl in the Gloaming’s Reading List

[AHF] Mark Twain. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. New York: The Modern Library, 1993.

[ATS] Mark Twain. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Chatham: Puffin Books, 1994.

[CW] Jack London. The Call of the Wild. New York: Buccaneer Books, Inc., 1976.

[L1-L6] Mark Twain’s Letters [1853-1875]. Edited by Dahlia Armon, Edgar Marquess Branch, Richard Bucci, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Kenneth M. Sanderson, Lin Salamo, and Harriet Elinor Smith. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988-2002.

[LM] Mark Twain. Life on the Mississippi. Introduction by James M. Cox. New York: Viking Penguin, 1984.

[MTBus] Mark Twain, Business Man. Edited by Samuel Charles Webster. Boston: Little, Brown, 1946.

[MTE] Mark Twain in Eruption. Edited by Bernard DeVoto. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1940.

[MTT] Michael Lewis. “The Mark Twain Trail.” Slate, April 22-May 2, 2003,

[NBK] Typographic transcriptions of Mark Twain’s unpublished notebooks, 1891-1910. Mark Twain Papers. Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

[NW] Rick Bass. The Ninemile Wolves. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2003.

[PA] Susy Clemens. Papa, An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain. Edited by Charles Neider. New York: Doubleday, 1985.

[PP] David Young (translator).  The Poetry of Petrarch.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004.

[RI] Mark Twain. Roughing It. New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1913.

The Singular Mark Twain

I’m particularly indebted to Fred Kaplan and his fine book shown at left and listed below. Wherever you are, Dr. Kaplan, I hope you’ve found The Animal Years. I may just have to email you about it.

[SMT] Fred Kaplan. The Singular Mark Twain. New York: Doubleday, 2003.

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[SP] Mark Twain Speaking. Edited by Paul Fatout. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1976.