Justin Kaplan is the author of Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain , which received both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award; Walt Whitman: A Life ; and other books. He is now at work on a nonfiction narrative about Henry James, H. G. Wells, Sigmund Freud, and other visitors to and from the United States during the “imperial decade” of 1900-1910. He is also serving as general editor of a new edition of Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations , to be published by Little, Brown in 1992.
An exasperated Ralph Waldo Emerson said of his rudest, most rebellious—and most brilliant—protégé. Their turbulent relationship survived what one newspaper called “the grossest violation of literary comity and courtesy that ever passed under our notice.”