RARA-AVIS: Re: RARA-AVIS Digest V4 #340

From: Sally Jane Driscoll ( renza9@yahoo.com)
Date: 31 May 2002

Contains spoilers

> did anyone else catch the Ken Burns
> biographical program on Mark Twain?

I thought it well done and Twain's life tragic. He must have been hell to live with and at times he must have found life to be hell.

Was Twain paid for the Harper's story, or did it sit in the pending files until it was needed to boost circulation? He could have used the money.

In between Connellys, I'm taking the time to re-read Pudd'nhead Wilson, one of my favorite books and on the edge of noir, though that's anachronistic. In what other book does the villain get to sell his mother down the river and also kill his adopted father? Or receive such poetic justice at the end? Hmm, maybe it's more horror satire than noir satire.



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