Professor Stephen Railton, Ph.D.

Professor Stephen Railton
  • University of Virginia
  • Columbia University
Mark Twain gave Americans a wonderful image of what they were or at any rate of who they wanted to understand themselves as being, a kind of mirror in which they could look to see a best American self.
Dr. Stephen Railton is Professor of English at the University of Virginia. He came to Virginia from Columbia University, where he earned his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. Professor Railton has published numerous articles on American literature and has written two books, including Fenimore Cooper: A Study of His Imagination. He has also appeared on PBS's Newshour with Jim Lehrer as an expert on Mark Twain. Dr. Railton has also created two award-winning Web-based electronic archives, intended to explore the uses of electronic technology for teaching and studying American literature: Mark Twain in His Times ( and Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture (, which won Gettysburg College's prestigious Lincoln Prize, awarded for the finest scholarship on Lincoln and the Civil War era.

"Professor Railton's ability to lead the student through the complex analysis of Twain's growing lifelong genus is remarkable."