Monday, September 26, 2011

Two On Twain: A Look At Two New Books About Mark Twain

The Hollywood Reporter offers a review of two new books on one of America's greatest writers, and one of my favorite writers, Mark Twain.

Mark Twain is not only the most important author in American letters. During the past century, Twain himself -- the white suit, the cigar, the folksy advice -- has become an iconic character. Now, two new books -- one a memoir, the other a piece of comedy -- pick up the icon as the jumping-off point for their own stories.

One of the two books is actor Hal Holbrook's Harold: The Boy Who Became Mark Twain.

I've seen Hal Holbrook perform his one-man Mark Twain show and the show was the next best thing to seeing and hearing Mark Twain himself.

I look forward to reading about how Holbrook prepared for and began his long-running show. 

Michael Kupperman's Mark Twain's Autobiography 1910-2010 is a comical look at a Mark Twain character who becomes involved in world events a hundred years after the real Mark Twain died.

You can read the Hollywood Reporter piece via the below link:

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