1 Did Mark Twain bring down the temple on Scott’s shoulders? Susan Manning In Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe (1820), the Grand Master of the Order of the Templars, determined to purify their Preceptory of Templestowe, figures the besotted knight Brian de Bois Guilbert as a Samson entrapped by the sorceries of the Jewess Rebecca-Delilah: with [the] aid [of the saints and angels] will we counteract the spells and charms with which our brother is entwined as in a net. He shall burst the bands of this Dalilah, as Samson burst the two new cords with which the Philistines had

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Anglo-American affinities and antagonisms 1854–1936

This book addresses the special relationship from the perspective of post-Second World War British governments. It argues that Britain's foreign policy challenges the dominant idea that its power has been waning and that it sees itself as the junior partner to the hegemonic US. The book also shows how at moments of international crisis successive British governments have attempted to re-play the same foreign policy role within the special relationship. It discusses the power of a profoundly antagonistic relationship between Mark Twain and Walter Scott. The book demonstrates Stowe's mis-reading and mis-representation of the Highland Clearances. It explains how Our Nig, the work of a Northern free black, also provides a working-class portrait of New England farm life, removed from the frontier that dominates accounts of American agrarian life. Telegraphy - which transformed transatlantic relations in the middle of the century- was used by spiritualists as a metaphor for the ways in which communications from the other world could be understood. The story of the Bolton Whitman Fellowship is discussed. Beside Sarah Orne Jewett's desk was a small copy of the well-known Raeburn portrait of Sir Walter Scott. Henry James and George Eliot shared a transatlantic literary network which embodied an easy flow of mutual interest and appreciation between their two milieux. In her autobiography, Gertrude Stein assigns to her lifelong companion the repeated comment that she has met three geniuses in her life: Stein, Picasso, and Alfred North Whitehead.

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level, involving specific and intimate knowledge of one writer by another. Two contributors are particularly concerned with Scottish–American literary relations. Susan Manning’s interest is in the power of a profoundly antagonistic relationship, that between Mark Twain and Walter Scott. She asks questions which extend what is usually conceived of as Twain’s limited, parodic engagement between Scott’s Waverley novels and his own work, in particular, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. In so doing she also, in her words, aims ‘to complicate our current, perhaps

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Queen Victoria, photography and film at the fin de siècle

second, however, was the appearance, after long seclusion, of the sovereign at the centre of this mighty web. The contrast between Victoria’s small, elderly figure, in simple widow’s clothing, and the vast spectacle surrounding her struck many spectators at the time. One observer was the American writer Mark Twain, hired for the occasion by the New York Journal , who offered an intriguing comparison

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3 Representatives and Senators Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. (Mark Twain) Once the November elections are over, the newly elected Representatives and Senators gather the following January for the start of the new Congress. Out of the thousands of hopefuls who started the arduous process of campaigning in the primary and general elections, only 535 people sit as members of Congress for the next two years; 435 in the House and 100 in the Senate. For most of those members, this will not be a new

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Welland, the Professor of American Literature, author of books on Arthur Miller and Mark Twain, founder and editor of The Journal of American Studies, agreed to act in his place and pursue a policy of ‘Steady as she goes’, although it was hardly possible to issue no orders at all. As a retirement eulogy of Professor Welland later put it, ‘To hold the fort whilst awaiting a new commander is a task that has little to recommend it. There is little chance to make a major success: there is much opportunity to promote a disaster. Moreover, the storm clouds which were to lead

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Sarah Orne Jewett, The Tory Lover, and Walter Scott, Waverley

-nineteenth-century regional writer’s interest in Scott? True, any well-read person would have known Scott’s novels: ‘To be alive and literate in the nineteenth century was to have been affected in some way by the Waverley novels’.2 Elsewhere in this volume (Chapter 1) Susan Manning discusses Mark Twain’s vexed relation to Scott; the connection between Scott and Jewett is also a complex one. At the end of her long career charting the social, economic and emotional complexities of contemporary New England through her fictions of small local communities, Jewett turned to write ‘something

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sarah Grand and the sexual education of girls

. Although each went on widely publicised lecture tours in the other’s country, there is no indication that they even knew of each other’s existence. During her extended tour of Britain in 1896 and again in 1899 Gilman met many British feminists, among them the New Woman writer Mona Caird, who knew Grand but disapproved of some aspects of her work.10 Visiting America in 1901, Grand made friends with Mark Twain among others, but there is no mention of any meeting with Gilman.11 Had the two women met it is not unlikely that their strong personalities would have clashed. In

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directed by Charlton Heston. Heston himself took the role of Henry in the 1977 film Crossed Swords (Richard Fleischer), an adaptation of The Prince and the Pauper , and this Mark Twain novel has hugely contributed to the appearances of the monarch on screen. In 1909 an Edison version (J. Searle Dawley) featured Charles Ogle as the King, 9 followed in 1915 by another American version (Hugh Ford and Edwin

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Nation and editor-in-chief of the New York Evening Post ), Carnegie and the major labour union leader Samuel Gompers (President of the American Federation of Labor). Included were top intellectuals, such as philosophers William James, John Dewey and Felix Adler, sociologist William Graham Sumner, medieval scholar Charles Eliot Norton, social reformer David Starr Jordan and the foremost writers of the day, including Mark Twain (see his essay ‘To the Person Sitting in

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