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Mark Twain and Male Friendship
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Mark Twain and Male Friendship: The Twichell, Howells, and Rogers Friendships

Peter Messent

Abstract

A study of male friendship in America in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, Mark Twain and Male Friendship examines the relationships between Mark Twain and Joseph Twichell (his pastor), William Dean Howells (author, cultural commentator, and critic) and Henry H. Rogers (the Standard Oil magnate), to illustrate and explore the workings of their friendships. Starting with the biographical, it uses existing work on male friendship and on gender role as a springboard to examine changing conceptions of masculinity and of men's roles both in marriage and in the larger social network ... More

Keywords: Twain, friendship, masculinity, gender, religion, realism, mourning, Howells, Rogers, Twichell

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391169
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391169.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter Messent, author
University of Nottingham
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