There are few writers in American literary history who have become
cultural icons. Yet Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Florida, Missouri,
on November 30, 1835, and later known as Mark Twain (a nom de plume
taken from his riverboat piloting days meaning two fathoms deep, or safe
water), has clearly staked a place for himself in the larger American
collective conscience, leaving a legacy not only as a fountainhead of
American literature itself but also as a resilient and persistent figure
in American popular culture. Ernest Hemingway famously remarked that
“all American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.”
William Faulkner echoed Hemingway's canonizing praise, acclaiming Twain
“the father of American literature.” At the same time, Twain's image,
humorous quips, and aphorisms have been a constant of the popular media.
His novels and stories have been remade into comic strips, children's
films, and cartoons; his image and his words regularly figure in
commercial advertising campaigns; and his likeness even appeared in a
1990 segment of the television program Star Trek.
That he continues to predominate and to be celebrated in circles of
both high and low culture is only fitting, for in his life as in his
art, Twain played with and on the distinction between high art and
popular culture and in doing so fashioned a literature grounded in the
American vernacular. In this light, he joins Walt Whitman in fulfilling
Ralph Waldo Emerson's call for a truly American voice and literature. (From Credo Reference)
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Wake up and smell the coffee! and then get it for free at Alcuin Library
on Monday mornings between 8:45am -11:15am. The library is
providing free coffee or tea, and muffins. If you need a little extra
motivation to get up and study for that test or work on that paper, then
make it over to the Alcuin Library and get your java jolt and maybe a
little sustenance, again, all for free.
Visit the Writing Center on either campus to get help with paper.
One-on-one sessions allow both the tutor and the student to work through
procedures and strategies in order to help improve the student's writing
abilities. They offer resources in all stages of the writing process,
brain-storming to perfecting a final draft. They do not proofread
papers; rather, they believe in the value of teaching students how to
brainstorm, how to organize their thoughts, how to clarify their
assertions, how to recognize and fix their grammar mistakes, and so on.
They believe in teaching students skills they can use in all their
writing. Each session is intended to reach beyond a specific