This chapter charts the continued popularity and influence of Mark Twain in the US and around the world a century after his death, and what prominent Chinese writers such as Lu Xun and Lao She have said about Twain as an American writer, anti-imperialist, and supporter of Chinese rights at home and abroad. Introducing Twain’s lifelong connection with the Chinese and posthumous voyage in China, the chapter addresses the significant transition that Twain underwent in his attitudes toward the Chinese as a result of his global travels. While most Chinese scholars and readers tend to neglect Twain’s early perception of and prejudice toward the Chinese, the introduction calls to attention the important correlation between the writer’s moral journey and the posthumous impact of his work in China, and the necessity to consider this transition while examining the reasons to Twain’s lasting popularity there.
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