Mark Twain and the Spiritual Crisis
of His Age by Harold K. Bush, Jr.
University of Alabama Press, 2007
(352 pages, $47.50, hardcover)
reviewed by Franklin Freeman
God “gives you a wife and children whom you adore, only that through the spectacle of the wanton shames and miseries which He will inflict upon them He may tear the palpitating heart out of your breast and slap you in the face with it.”
So wrote Mark Twain, but nevertheless, writes Harold Bush, “there is abundant evidence of Twain’s strong religious proclivities throughout his life. . . . It even makes sense to s . . .