No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger | Critical Essay by John R. May

This literature criticism consists of approximately 25 pages of analysis & critique of No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger.
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Critical Essay by Edgar Lee Masters

SOURCE: Mark Twain, A Portrait, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1938, pp. 221-38.

In the following essay, Masters discusses The Mysterious Stranger as a product of Twain's final disillusionment with life.

I feel that so much of Twain's mind and nature, his inner conflicts and troubled speculations and broodings, his judgment of men and life, are in The Mysterious Stranger that I want to pay particular attention to it. A writer will work at an idea for years, he will write about it and write around it over and over, he will approach it from many angles, then at last he will get hold of the theme in its entirety; and much practice in writing about it, much reflection upon it will produce the work. I feel all this to be so about The Mysterious Stranger, and further that it is...

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