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Papa: An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain

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A biography of Twain written by his daughter Susy when she was thirteen and he was fifty. Includes correspondence between the two.


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A biography of Twain written by his daughter Susy when she was thirteen and he was fifty. Includes correspondence between the two.

30 review for Papa: An Intimate Biography of Mark Twain

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    A charming little bonbon written by Susy Clemens, aged 13, a biography of her father. Bittersweet, too, since Susy died at 24. Clemens interjects comments, explanations and reminiscences of his own into her text, which makes for a deeper picture of the close relationship between the two. Charles Neider's introduction adds yet another layer to the story. Altogether a wonderful book about a fascinating man. A charming little bonbon written by Susy Clemens, aged 13, a biography of her father. Bittersweet, too, since Susy died at 24. Clemens interjects comments, explanations and reminiscences of his own into her text, which makes for a deeper picture of the close relationship between the two. Charles Neider's introduction adds yet another layer to the story. Altogether a wonderful book about a fascinating man.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cathlina Bergman

    Fascinating read--both Susy's biography and Samuel L. Clemens' commentary on it. A look at Mark Twain the family man. Fascinating read--both Susy's biography and Samuel L. Clemens' commentary on it. A look at Mark Twain the family man.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Infinitely charming. Twain has always known how to capture the magical blend of innocence, ignorance, and insight that characterizes children, and his daughter's writing sheds some light on the likely source of that wisdom. A lot of the humor comes from Twain's commentary, but even more, his love and admiration for Susy shines through. That's not to discount the actual biography, which obviously lacks the polish of an older and more experienced writer. Even so, the portrait she paints of her fam Infinitely charming. Twain has always known how to capture the magical blend of innocence, ignorance, and insight that characterizes children, and his daughter's writing sheds some light on the likely source of that wisdom. A lot of the humor comes from Twain's commentary, but even more, his love and admiration for Susy shines through. That's not to discount the actual biography, which obviously lacks the polish of an older and more experienced writer. Even so, the portrait she paints of her family life is actually a lot more evocative than many more "serious" biographies. The details she chooses to focus on are revelatory, all the more so because they would mostly be ignored by any serious scholar. Yet those little nuances are what really make the Clemens family come to life, from the descriptions of their leisure activities to the way the youngest daughter mangles her retellings of the stories made up by her father. The introduction, on the other hand, is a total waste of time. I have no idea why that guy's picture is on the dust jacket for his nigh-on incomprehensible ramblings. He focuses, for reasons beyond my ken, on several people who would figure in Susy's later life but play no part at the time she was writing the biography.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Thomas Cannon

    The actual biography from his daughter is short and written when she was very young. Yet it showed Twain's family life. Mr. Clemen's comments on what she wrote is also fascinating. The actual biography from his daughter is short and written when she was very young. Yet it showed Twain's family life. Mr. Clemen's comments on what she wrote is also fascinating.

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    Rohomes

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    Cason Wells

  13. 4 out of 5

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    Donald Scott

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    Dan

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    Matthew Moore

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    Rachel Vaughn

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    Rachel Rogers

  28. 4 out of 5

    enlightened_me

  29. 5 out of 5

    Carol Peine

  30. 4 out of 5

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