Master of Arts
Carl F. Strauch
The development of an escape mechanism follows a pattern based on Twain's ever-changing philosophy of life. This philosophy moved from a view of life as idyllic, through various stages, to a refusal to accept the unbeatable evils of life by refusing to accept their reality. The pattern itself is tracaeable in the development of Twain's writings.
Rugg, Kristin Majercik, "The other world of Mark Twain: dreams and reality in his works" (1971). Theses and Dissertations. 3932.