First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America-an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peacetime optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their own time in a work which endures as a valuable social document and one of America's most important satirical novels.
About the Author
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American humorist and writer, who is best known for his enduring novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has been called "the Great American Novel." Raised in Hannibal, Missouri, Twain held a variety of jobs including typesetter, riverboat pilot, and miner before achieving nationwide attention for his work as a journalist with "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." He earned critical and popular praise for his wit and enjoyed a successful career as a public speaker in addition to his writing. Twain's works were remarkable for his ability to capture colloquial speech, although his adherence to the vernacular of the time has resulted in the suppression of his works by schools in modern times. Twain's birth in 1835 coincided with a visit by Halley's Comet, and Twain predicted, accurately, that he would "go out with it" as well, dying the day following the comet's return in 1910.
Peter Messent is Professor of Modern American Literature at Nottingham University. He is the author of "The Short Works of Mark Twain: A Critical Study" (2001), "Mark Twain" (1997), "Ernest Hemingway" (1992), and "New Readings of the American Novel: Narrative Theory and its Application" (1990), and editor of "Criminal Proceedings: The Contemporary American Crime Nov"el (1997).
Louis J. Budd is James B. Duke Professor (Emeritus) of American Literature at Duke University, where he taught American Literature from 1981 to 1991. He is the author of "Mark Twain: Social Philosopher" (reissued 2001) and "Our Mark Twain: The Making of his Public Personality" (1983) and the editor of "Mark Twain: The Contemporary Reviews" (1999). He served as founding president of the Mark Twain Circle of America.
Mark Twain, eigentlich Samuel Langhorne Clemens (*30. November 1835; 21. April 1910 in Redding, Connecticut)