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Mark Twain: A Life Ron Powers

Free Press / 736 pages / $16

Powers' majestic biography of America's beloved 19th-century literary giant puts flesh on a figure who was in danger of deification, a fate Twain hoped to avert. Powers succeeds, our reviewer, Michael Shelden, wrote last year, restoring "the faded splendor of an epic life."

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