Mark Twain for Cat Lovers

Mark Twain for Cat Lovers
Mark Twain for Cat Lovers

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Lyons Press; 1 edition (September 1, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1493019570
ISBN-13: 978-1493019571

Mark Twain for Cat Lovers: True and Imaginary Adventures with Feline Friends

America is cat crazy, and Mark Twain may have been the American writer most crazy about cats. From his boyhood in Hannibal, Missouri, to his last years in Connecticut, Mark Twain spent much of his life surrounded by cats, and they stalk through many of his best-known books, including The Innocents Aboard, Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and Puddn’head Wilson. In this lighthearted book, Twain scholar Mark Dawidziak explores the writer’s lifelong devotion to cats through stories, excerpts, quotes, photos, and illustrations, illuminating a little-known side of this famous writer’s life that will appeal to Twain aficionados and cat lovers alike.

Read the Author Q&A

“Nobody gets Mark Twain the way Mark Dawidziak does.” —Ken Burns, award-winning documentary filmmaker

Ken Burns February 27, 2017

“Mark has got mighty dedicated to the restoration of Twain into our thinking and has pursued a trail of scholarship which led him to deeply research the man we so admire.” — Hal Holbrook, actor

Hal Holbrook February 27, 2017

“Mark Twain’s Guide is such a fun read that the only thing dry about it is the ink.” —David Bianculli, television critic and guest host for NPR’s Fresh Air

David Bianculli February 27, 2017

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Author: Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of about 25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, The Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer. He spent 43 years as a television, film and theater critic at such newspapers as the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His work on the horror side of the street also includes the novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, short stories, and comic book scripts. He lives in Ohio.