Grant and Twain: The Story of an American Friendship. Mark Perry, Mark Twain.
Grant and Twain: The Story of an American Friendship
Grant and Twain: The Story of an American Friendship

Grant and Twain: The Story of an American Friendship

ISBN: 0812966139
New York, NY: Random House, Inc., 2005. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. "In the spring of 1884, Ulysses S. Grant heeded the advice of Mark Twain and finally agreed to write his memoirs. Little did Grant or Twain realize that this seemingly straightforward decision would profoundly alter not only both their lives but the course of American literature. In this bold and colorful narrative, veteran writer Mark Perry reconstructs the heady months when Grant and Twain became fast friends who inspired and cajoled each other to create two quintessentially American masterpieces: Grant's Personal Memoirs and Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. A story of friendship and history, inspiration and ruin, Grant and Twain captures a pivotal moment in the lives of two towering figures of the Gilded Age." (back cover) A fascinating study that deep-focuses on the personal & literary friendship & collaboration between Ulysses S. Grant (1822-1885), the victorious Union General of the Civil War & President of the United States; & Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain (1835-1910), the canonical American humorist & writer. Barely more than a year before he died & gravely ill, Grant began writing his memoirs under the good-humored prodding & assistance of Twain. He managed to complete his Personal Memoirs only weeks before his death, & they have gone down in history as the finest of any former American President. As noted in the quote above, Grant in turn inspired Twain to write one of his most classic & immortal works, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. With two sections of contemporary photographs & illustrations. Author Mark Perry is an acclaimed & prolific writer, mostly on military & foreign affairs topics. First "2005 Random House Trade Paperback Edition" as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon, preceded the previous year by a first hardcover edition also by Random House. A great real-life tale in the annals of American history & literature, in which two titans befriended & helped each other at critical junctures of their lives. In very fine condition with only very slight wear & a few tiny bumps at edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; a bit of light browning to upper edge of text block; miniscule bumps at corners of a few page leaves; otherwise substantially mint inside & out. Very Fine. [Item #4406]

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