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"This interpretive archive, drawn largely from the resources of the Barrett Collection, focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated. The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students and teachers to see what Mark Twain and His Times said about each other, in a...
"This interpretive archive, drawn largely from the resources of the Barrett Collection, focuses on how "Mark Twain" and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated. The goal is to allow readers, scholars, students and teachers to see what Mark Twain and His Times said about each other, in a way that can speak to us today. Contained here are dozens of texts and manuscripts, scores of contemporary reviews and articles, hundreds of images, and many different kinds of interactive exhibits."
I have started using this in my classes for the common reading at my college this year: Huckleberry Finn. This is the most complete site on Twain I've seen. I found especially riveting the section on the various depictions of Jim over the years and what those portraits say about the culture of the times in which they were created.
I create links to certain aspects of the site on my on-line schedule, which directs the students to certain areas I want them to see/use/experience. For example, the Mark Twain "quiz" was a fun way for them to introduce themselves to aspects of Twain's life before we even started reading.
This has an easy point-and-click style. Nearly everyone, especially computer-saavy students, are able to use this site. The main difficulty (we should always have this problem) is the overwhelming amount of material that the site covers.