12 Important Non-19th Century Books I’ve been reading for background & research on Mark Twain in Washington, D.C. (most available through DC Public Library)

1. Was Huck Black?: Mark Twain and African-American Voices (1993) Shelley Fischer Fishkin

2. Critical essays on Mark Twain, 1867-1910 (1982) Louis Budd

3. Mark Twain’s Tale of Today: Halley’s Comet Returns–The Celebrated Author Critiques American Politics (2012) Donald T. Bliss

4. Mark Twain’s Western Years (1966) Ivan Benson

5. Reconstruction of Mark Twain: How a Confederate Bushwhacker Became the Lincoln of Our Literature (2011) Joe B. Fulton

6. Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents (1991) Donald Ritchie [DC Public Library needs to get a circulating copy or two or three of this! Right now just available for young researchers at the Washingtoniana Division.]

7. An Imperfect God : George Washington, His slaves, and the Creation of America (2003) Henry Wiencek

8. Mark Twain, Unsanctified Newspaper Reporter (2011) James E. Caron

9. Early recollections of Washington City (1981) Christian A. Hines [First published in 1866 but this counts on a technicality.]

10. Mark Twain and the Colonel: Samuel L. Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Arrival of a New Century (2012) Philip James McFarland

11. The Press Gang: Newspapers and Politics, 1865 – 1878 (1994) Mark Walhgren Summers

12. Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy (2009) David O. Stewart



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