Readership: Readers of periodicals like The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, American Literary History, PMLA (see below for a full list of journals); students and professors of American literature, Twain fans.
Peter Messent, Professor, University of Nottingham
"Messent's in-depth research illuminates fascinating subtleties and eccentricities of three male friendships of the private man behind the mask of America's iconic writer" - J. D. Stahl, Times Higher Education
"All in all, Messents detailed account of Twains friendships, his lucid argumentation, supported by his carefully researched and meticulously selected evidence, constructs a significant contribution not only to Twains scholarship but also to the underexplored and often contradictory area of the Victorian masculine ethos in the United States. The authors insightful remarks as well as his findings can be of fundamental importance to students and scholars alike, researching the obscure and occasionally ambiguous patriarchal
conceptualization of manliness and male identity in this period." - European Journal of American Studies
Chapter 1: Male Friendship and Post Civil War America
Chapter 2: Clemens and Twichell
Chapter 3: Clemens, Twichell and Religion
Chapter 4: 'My Dear 'Owells': Clemens and Howells
Chapter 5: Clemens, Howells, and Realism
Chapter 6: Clemens, Manhood, the Rogers Friendship, and 'Which Was the Dream?'
Chapter 7: Clemens and Rogers: 'Both Members of This Club'
Coda: Friendship's Limits: Fathers and Daughters Notes