Great Short Works of Mark Twain

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ISBN-13: 9780060727864
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Description: Selected works of humour and criticism by a revered American master. Beloved by millions, Mark Twain is the quintessential American writer. More than anyone else, his blend of scepticism, caustic wit and sharp prose defines a certain American  More...

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Book details

List price: $13.99
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 9/28/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.682

Selected works of humour and criticism by a revered American master. Beloved by millions, Mark Twain is the quintessential American writer. More than anyone else, his blend of scepticism, caustic wit and sharp prose defines a certain American mythos. While his novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is still taught to anyone who attends school and is considered by many to be the Great American Novel, Twain's shorter stories and criticisms have unequalled style and bite. In a review that's less than kind to the writing of James Fenimore Cooper, Twain writes: "Every time a Cooper person is in peril, and absolute silence is worth four dollars a minute, he is sure to step on a dry twig. There may be a hundred handier things to step on, but that wouldn't satisfy Cooper. Cooper requires him to turn out and find a dry twig; and if he can't do it, go and borrow one." It's difficult to imagine anyone else writing in quite this style, which is why Twain's legacy only continues to grow.

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Introduction
A Note on the Text
Old Times on the Mississippi (The Atlantic Monthly, Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, and August, 1875)
The Jumping Frog (Sketches, New and Old)
The Great Landslide Case (Roughing It)
Jim Blaine and His Grandfather's Ram (Roughing It)
A True Story (Sketches, New and Old)
Accident Insurance-Etc. (Mark Twain's Speeches)
The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut (Tom Sawyer Abroad)
The Story of a Speech (Mark Twain's Speeches)
Jim Baker's Bluejay (A Tramp Abroad)
The Private History of a Campaign that Failed (American Claimant)
Letter to the Earth (Letters from the Earth)
Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses (In Defense of Harriet Shelley)
How to Tell a Story (The $30,000 Bequest)
Corn-Pone Opinions (Europe and Elsewhere)
The United States of Lyncherdom (Europe and Elsewhere)
To the Person Sitting in Darkness (Europe and Elsewhere)
The War Prayer (Europe and Elsewhere)
The Turning Point of My Life (What Is Man?)
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
The Mysterious Stranger
A Chronology
A Bibliography

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