The Ordeal of Mark Twain

Van Wyck BROOKS (1886 - 1963)

This book, published in 1920, analyzes the literary progression of Samuel Clemens and his shortcomings (which are debatable). Brooks attributes Clemens' increasing sense of pessimism to the repression of his creative spirit due largely to his mother and his wife. (Summary by Wikipedia and Lucretia B.).

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - Chapter I - Introductory: Mark Twain's Despair, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:31:26
Play 02 02 - Chapter I - Introductory: Mark Twain's Despair, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:36:25
Play 03 03 - Chapter II - The Candidate for Life, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:32:20
Play 04 04 - Chapter II - The Candidate for Life, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:38:58
Play 05 05 - Chapter III - The Gilded Age, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:31:16
Play 06 06 - Chapter III - The Gilded Age, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:30:44
Play 07 07 - Chapter IV - In the Crucible, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:39:37
Play 08 08 - Chapter IV - In the Crucible, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:39:23
Play 09 09 - Chapter V - The Candidate for Gentility, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:38:27
Play 10 10 - Chapter V - The Candidate for Gentility, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:42:42
Play 11 11 - Chapter VI - Everybody's Neighbor, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:29:04
Play 12 12 - Chapter VI - Everybody's Neighbor, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:30:16
Play 13 13 - Chapter VII - The Playboy in Letters, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:43:03
Play 14 14 - Chapter VII - The Playboy in Letters, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:44:06
Play 15 15 - Chapter VIII - Those Extraordinary Twins, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:29:49
Play 16 16 - Chapter VIII - Those Extraordinary Twins, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:28:50
Play 17 17 - Chapter IX - Mark Twain's Humor, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:32:27
Play 18 18 - Chapter IX - Mark Twain's Humor, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:33:24
Play 19 19 - Chapter X - Let Somebody Else Begin, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:38:21
Play 20 20 - Chapter X - Let Somebody Else Begin, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:37:56
Play 21 21 - Chapter XI - Mustered Out, Part 1 Lucretia B.
00:32:42
Play 22 22 - Chapter XI - Mustered Out, Part 2 Lucretia B.
00:33:02