Ransom Center Magazine features Alan Gribben

Alan Gribben, official biographer of Harry Huntt Ransom of the University of Texas, was interviewed by Austin Downey for the Ransom Center Magazine.  Dr. Gribben taught English literature in the Department of English in Austin, Texas, for seventeen years.  Downey asks Gribben about his research methods to find Mark Twain’s books, his major discoveries, and…

Advance 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…

Mark Twain’s Interest in Sufism

Mark Twain might seem like an unlikely admirer of the Persian mathematician, astronomer, and poet Omar Khayyam, who wrote a series of brooding meditations on human existence before he died in the twelfth century. . . . An avid reader of all types of literature, however, Twas was bound to encounter the intense vogue for…

“Mark Twain’s Earliest Reading Experiences”

“Alan Gribben participated in a Quarry Farm Symposium: “Mark Twain and Youth” with a paper and PowerPoint presentation about “Mark Twain’s Earliest Literary Experiences.” What Samuel Clemens read as a boy in Hannibal is a tantalizing but essentially unanswerable question. Only a few hints in his later writings suggest the types of books to which…

The Big Read in 2010 (Video)

The idea of removing the n-word from Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn–by translating this detested racial slur as “slave” instead–occurred to me after I completed a tour of libraries in Alabama and Georgia to promote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for the NEA Big Read program. Teachers approached me in every town and said that they could not (or would not) teach…