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Never Quite Sane in the Night

Forrest G. Robinson

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Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780823227877
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823240968 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823227877.003.0001
Never Quite Sane in the Night

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens wrote most about the period of his life, specially his childhood where his inner fires first ignited. According to Dixon Wecter, young Sam was his mother's problematic child with his illness, vivid imaginings, and his habits of wandering which multiplied as his health improved. Clemens's father, John Marshall Clemens, died when he was just eleven years old, he remembered his father as humorless and an emotionally remote figure. But his relation with his mother, Jane Clemens, was more positive. In towns along the river in frontier Missouri, violence and death were a usual business, young Sam witnessed the deaths of his sister and, three years later, his brother. Due to these incidents, Sam had nightmares and terrified his family by his sleepwalking. According to Justin Kaplan, Clemens's leading biographer, Clemens grew up as an angry man — angry at deceit and greed in American business and politics.

Keywords: nightmares; childhood; angry; sleepwalking; biographer; politics; business; Samuel Langhorne Clemens; Missouri

Chapter.  17480 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (19th Century)

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