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By James E. Caron

Tracing the arc of Clemens's profession from self-described unsanctified newspaper reporter to nationwide writer among 1862 and 1867, Caron reexamines the early and mostly ignored writings specifically the shuttle letters from Hawaii and the letters chronicling Clemens's journey from California to manhattan urban. Caron exhibits how Clemens not just adjusted to but additionally challenged the information of the newspapers and magazines for which he wrote, evolving as a comic book author who transmuted own situations into literary artwork.

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5. ” Some critics—Lorne Fienberg, “Laughter as a Strategy of Containment in Southwestern Humor”; J. A. Leo Lemay, “Origins of the Humor of the Old South”; and Michael Pearson, “Pig Eaters, Whores, and Cowophiles: The Comic Image in Southern Literature,” for example—lump these classes together, like Lynn, yet find ambivalence. g. Sylvia Jenkins Cook, “The Development of the Poor White Tradition”; Michael Fellman, “Alligator Men and Cardsharpers: Deadly Southwestern Humor”; Robert D. Jacobs, “Tobacco Road: Lowlife and the Comic Tradition”), Lynn’s idea of cordon sanitaire works well for representations of the poor folk.

However, the community of Virginia City during the 1860s was itself not altogether respectable. The manner in which journalism was practiced all along the Comstock was not respectable either, with slanders, sensationalism, mock feuds, and real duels all part of a newspaper staff ’s repertoire. 1 Washoe Mark Twain was more than an alter ego by which Sam Clemens could practice his version of Nevada’s rough-and-tumble journalism. The figure 1. Washoe is the name of the indigenous people whose traditional lands surrounded Lake Tahoe (Russell R.

The manner in which journalism was practiced all along the Comstock was not respectable either, with slanders, sensationalism, mock feuds, and real duels all part of a newspaper staff ’s repertoire. 1 Washoe Mark Twain was more than an alter ego by which Sam Clemens could practice his version of Nevada’s rough-and-tumble journalism. The figure 1. Washoe is the name of the indigenous people whose traditional lands surrounded Lake Tahoe (Russell R. Elliott, History of Nevada, 24–31). The Comstock Lode was named after Henry Comstock, who was connected with the original discoverers of the first major silver vein in Nevada, the Grosch brothers (Hubert Howe Bancroft, History of Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming, 96–99).

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