But you also learn that there are even deeper depths to explore. Although Twain may have died a widely beloved figure, he himself once wrote: "Everyone is a moon and has a dark side that he never shows to anybody."
Professor Railton shows you that in his private life, Samuel Clemens struggled with doubt, disappointment, despair, and an increasing misanthropy that was greater than any contained in his most sarcastic satires. Even his closest friends almost lost patience with his rantings on how to exterminate what he called "the damned human race."
Dr. Railton also explores in some detail the unpublished manuscripts, discovered after his death, that reveal this dark and despairing side of Mark Twain. They include such partly completed works as The Enchanted Sea Wilderness, The Great Dark, and Three Thousand Years Among the Microbes.
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By Scott Poelman on 24-10-17
Masterful, comprehensive, interesting, balanced, and smart. Very well done. When I finished listening, I wanted more.
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By Gjemm on 28-04-16
narrator's stilted style ruins it
Narrator seems to be reading off the page as if from the first time. almost seems like he's losing his pace sometimes. a very difficult listen
3 of 5 people found this review helpful