Praise for Mark Twain’s Literary Resources

Alan Gribben is a scholar’s scholar, and Mark Twain’s Literary Resources is his masterwork. It will retain its fertile usefulness so long as Twain studies exist. Volume One, now available, isn’t just a bounteous treasure of information and an important corrective to the most common misperception of Twain. It’s also an engaging record of Gribben’s tireless, lifelong adventure in literary sleuthing. –Frederick Crews

  • Professor of English Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
  • Literary critic and author, The Pooh Perplex, Out of My System, Freud: The Making of an Illusion

Alan Gribben’s achievement is no mere library catalog, but a voyage of discovery that expertly navigates the complex channels of Twain’s literary sources. They are all charted here, awaiting further exploration, beckoning both the avid reader and the serious scholar, and often as entertaining as Twain’s published writings. Here is a masterpiece of research and presentation that will serve as a model for all future enquiries into the wellsprings of the creative process. Kevin Mac Donnell

  • Rare book dealer,
  • Mark Twain scholar
  • Foremost Mark Twain collector

Mark Twain’s Literary Resources is the definitive guide to Mark Twain’s intellectual universe. Alan Gribben discusses everything from the elaborately bound parlor-table gift books known by titles such as Friendship’s Offering to the literary, historical, and religious works that directly influenced America’s greatest writer. This book, the most useful reference book on Twain ever written, is a classic. And despite what Twain said about classics, this one will be read again and again. –Joe B. Fulton

  • Professor of English at Baylor University
  • Author of five books on Mark Twain, including the most recent Mark Twain Under Fire: Reception and Reputation, Criticism and Controversy 1851-2015

One of the foundational sources of Mark Twain studies for nearly forty years, Alan Gribben’s Mark Twain’s Library: A Reconstruction has long been a scholarly treasure. Gribben has revised and expanded this compendium into Mark Twain’s Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading which will prove to be the standard reference guide on the topic for the next many decades. These volumes belong in all research libraries and on the shelves of all nineteenth-century Americanists. –Gary Scharnhorst

  • Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English, University of New Mexico
  • Author, The Life of Mark Twain

 A fascinating peek into an American literary genius’ mind. An invaluable tool for Mark Twain scholars with a mind-boggling wealth of information that only could have been gathered using extraordinary research skills and dogged determination. A standard for generations of scholars to come. Laura Skandera Trombley

  • President, University of Bridgeport
  • Author, Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years
  • Author, Mark Twain in the Company of Women

When Alan Gribben’s monumental Mark Twain’s Library appeared in 1980 it immediately established itself among the three or four most significant works of scholarship ever published on Mark Twain. Now thoroughly revised and greatly expanded as Mark Twain’s Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading, Gribben’s critical masterpiece reasserts itself as one of a handful of truly invaluable resources in Mark Twain studies to a new generation of scholars. A heroic compendium of analytical essays, annotated catalogs, critical bibliographies, and index guides, Mark Twain’s Literary Resources is the definitive study of the literary, philosophical, historical, and scientific texts that shaped Mark Twain’s mind and art. –Joseph Csicsila

  • Professor, Eastern Michigan University
  • Author, Canons by Consensus: Critical Trends and American Literature Anthologies
  • Co-author, Heretical Fictions: Religion in the Literature of Mark Twain
  • Co-editor, Centenary Reflections on Mark Twain’s No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger

From the day I first discovered Alan Gribben’s two-volume Mark Twain’s Library: A Reconstruction, over twenty years ago, it became one of only two reference works that I have kept within arm’s reach of my desk. Gribben’s research has served as an inspiration and guidepost enabling me to make my own discoveries. His new updated multi-volume Mark Twain’s Literary Resources has been one of my most eagerly anticipated publications throughout the years. With the hundreds of new entries in these volumes, it is the most extensive mapping of Mark Twain’s intellectual development that will ever be undertaken. It is an essential reference work for any Mark Twain researcher or biographer. –Barbara Schmidt

Mark Twain’s Literary Resources lets readers cozy up to Mark Twain and peep over his shoulder as he reads: a rare and rewarding vantage point.—Kevin J. Hayes

Alan Gribben’s Mark Twain’s Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading brings together in three volumes a series of interconnected essays, many revisions of his earlier published works, and a significant update of annotated titles in Twain’s personal library. This new edition replaces the invaluable Mark Twain’s Library: A Reconstruction—long out of print and nearly impossible to obtain. The introductory essays in the first volume render in toto a penetrating critique of the reader behind the writer who, as Ernest Hemingway once said, reinvented American literature. —Jerome Loving

  • author of Mark Twain: The Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens

Alan Gribben has devoted decades to cataloging and studying this legendary author’s lifetime of reading. His Mark Twain’s Literary Resources is the magnificent result. It complements Twain’s autobiography and biographies of Twain, and will enhance any reference library.–Maxine Hong Kingston, author of The Woman Warrior and other novels