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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain

release date: May 23, 2012
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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain
Includes hundreds of Twain's most memorable quips and comments on life, love, history, culture, travel, and diverse other topics, among them "He is now fast rising from affluence to poverty."

Mark Twain Himself

release date: Jan 01, 2002
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Mark Twain Himself
More than six hundred illustrations help capture the essence of one of America's favorite authors, from his days as a printer, pilot, and soldier to his years as a reporter, humorist, and publisher.

Autobiography of Mark Twain - 100th Anniversary Edition

release date: Jul 01, 2013
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Autobiography of Mark Twain - 100th Anniversary Edition
"It's no wonder that truth is stranger than fiction. Fiction has to make sense." - Mark Twain Within your hands is a glimpse into the life, mind, soul, and "truth" of cherished American icon, Mark Twain. This uncensored autobiography is not only a legacy he left behind, but also a gift to all. Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He grew up on the shores of the Mississippi River and took his pen name from the way Mississippi steamboat crews measured the river's depth (the cry "Mark twain!" meant the river was at least 12 feet deep and safe to travel). Twain wrote prolifically, publishing novels, travelogues, newspaper articles, short stories, and political pamphlets. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885). On the surface, these novels are gripping adventure stories of boys running free on the Mississippi. However, on a deeper level, these novels are also serious works of social criticism. Written while America was still recovering from the Civil War and adjusting to the abolition of slavery, Twain's two best-known Mississippi River adventure tales also measure the depth of America's new economic and social realities. His most personal and insightful writing came when he created his, "Final (and Right) Plan"-a free-flowing biography of the thoughts and interests he had toward the end of his life as he spoke his "whole frank mind." Along with the plan, came the instruction that the enclosed autobiography writings not be published in book form until 100 years after his death. Today, we honor the life and writings of Mark Twain by publishing his personal opus-to reacquaint ourselves with the wit, wisdom, and ideals of this legendary American icon.

The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain

release date: Dec 18, 2007
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The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain
This unique collection of Twain’s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author’s vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author’s twilight years. These selections illuminate the depth of Twain’s artistry, humor, irony, and narrative genius.

Mark Twain

release date: Jan 01, 2005
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Mark Twain
A simple retelling of five stories by Mark Twain, in which he pokes fun at newspapers, Victorian manners, obedience to one's parents, the British, and perceptions of reality.

Mark Twain's Autobiography

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Mark Twain's Autobiography
Originally published: New York: Harper & Brothers, 1924.

Mark Twain and West Point

release date: Jan 01, 1996
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Mark Twain and West Point
Mark Twain visited West Point at least ten times, delighting the cadets with stories, jokes, and speeches. Fascinated with West Point, Mark Twain mingled with cadets in the barracks, visited classrooms, and observed cavalry and artillery drills and parades. He formed lasting friendships with many cadets, faculty, and Superintendents. Philip W. Leon discusses each visit and traces the influence of West Point on A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court and other writings. A special chapter explores Mark Twain's response to some incidents of cadet hazing. Presenting archival material such as diaries, memoirs, official records, contemporary newspaper accounts, and previously unpublished correspondence, Leon illuminates the close ties of America's favorite storyteller and its premier military academy.

Mark Twain

release date: Oct 22, 2006
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Mark Twain
The great writer’s irascible wit shines in this comprehensive collection. This volume is an annotated and indexed scholarly edition of every known interview with Mark Twain spanning his entire career. In these interviews, Twain discusses such topical issues as his lecture style, his writings, and his bankruptcy, while holding forth on such timeless issues as human nature, politics, war and peace, government corruption, humor, race relations, imperialism, international copyright, the elite, and his impressions of other writers (Howells, Gorky, George Bernard Shaw, Tennyson, Longfellow, Kipling, Hawthorne, Dickens, Bret Harte, among others). These interviews are both oral performances in their own right and a new basis for evaluating contemporary responses to Twain’s writings. Some of the parameters Gary Scharnhorst has followed in assembling the collection is to omit self-interviews, humorous sketches written by Twain in interview form, interviews judged by Twain scholars to be spurious, purported interviews that contain no direct quotations, and interviews that exist only in versions translated from the English, as there is no way to verify the accuracy of their retranslations back into English. Because the interviews are records of verbal conversations rather than texts written in Twain’s hand, Scharnhorst has corrected errors in spelling and regularized punctuation. Four interviews here are new to scholarship; fewer than a fifth have ever been reprinted. Because Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews makes accessible, in one volume, source documents of immeasurable value to understanding one of America’s most consequential writers, it will be valued by both academic and public libraries, Twain scholars and enthusiasts, and general readers of humor.

The Novels of Mark Twain Volume One

release date: Sep 15, 2020
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The Novels of Mark Twain Volume One
These four timeless classics of American fiction explore the trials of growing up and the hypocrisies of nineteenth-century American life. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Escaping society, Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim take a log raft down the Mississippi River. Their adventures draw them closer together until Huck must make a fateful choice between Jim’s freedom and his own salvation. One of the first major novels written in an American vernacular, Mark Twain’s masterpiece is an essential part of the United States’ national identity. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: This tale of youth and friendship celebrates life on the Mississippi River with humor and thoughtful consideration of issues such as race, religion, and social taboos. Filled with schoolyard pranks, buried treasure, spooky caves, secret gangs, and grave robbers, this highly entertaining novel boasts a cast of immortal characters, including Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and the Widow Douglas. The Prince and the Pauper:Set in sixteenth-century England, this historical fable tells the story of a prince and a peasant boy who meet by chance and discover their strikingly similar appearances. The two then craft a plot that could unwittingly upend the monarchy: to temporarily switch clothes, thereby swapping lives. Pudd’nhead Wilson:An enslaved woman switches her infant son with her master’s child. A New York lawyer moves to the South and is immediately and forever branded a “pudd’nhead.” Two Italian noblemen in Missouri become suspects in the murder of a local judge. From these disparate plot strands, Twain fashions a humorous tale of mystery—and a clear-eyed indictment of slavery.

Mark Twain Speaking

Mark Twain Speaking
Originally published in 1976 and reissued in 2006 after many years out of print, Mark Twain Speaking assembles Twain's lectures, after-dinner speeches, and interviews from 1864 to 1909. Explanatory notes describe occasions, identify personalities, and discuss techniques of Twain's oral craftsmanship. A chronology listing date, place, and title of speech or type of engagement completes the collection.
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