The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain

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Passionate readers both, Olivia Langdon and Mark Twain courted through books, spelling out their expectations through literary references as they corresponded during their frequent separations. Their letters reveal Olivia Langdon not as a Victorian prude, as many twentieth-century critics have portrayed her, but as a thoughtful intellectual, widely read in literature, history, and modern science. Not surprisingly, the letters show Twain as a critic, a suitor who lampooned Langdon's interests even while he sought to win her love. While Langdon's letters show her carefully considering her culture's array of possible role models, Twain's exhibit his conservatism about women's nature and roles. At the same time, they show him resisting many of his culture's basic assumptions.

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An interesting window into the early private lives of Samuel Clemens and Olivia Langdon which can't quite show very much about Olivia but does show that Samuel Clemens in pursuit of a goal was more ... Přečíst celou recenzi

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Philosophy Chemistry Science Study in 1860s Elmira
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Negotiating Differences Love Letters and Love Texts
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Conning Books Olivia Langdon and Samuel Clemenss Joint Reading
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Marriage
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