Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain


  • Author : Ron Powers
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-09-04
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 704
  • ISBN 10 : 9781847395993

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Mark Twain Excerpt :

Twain's story is epic, comic and tragic. To retrace it all in illuminating detail, Powers draws on the tens of thousands of Twain's letters and on his astonishing journal entries - many of which are quoted here for the first time. Twain left Missouri for a life on the Mississippi during the golden age of steamboats, enjoyed an uproariously drunken newspaper career in the Nevada of the Wild West, and witnessed and joined the extremes of wealth and poverty of New York City and of the Gilded Age. Through it all he observed, borrowed, stole and combined the characters he met into the voice of America's greatest literature, attracting throngs of fans wherever his undying lust for wandering took him. From Twain's wicked satire to his relationships with the likes of Ulysses Grant, this is a brilliantly written story that astounds, amuses and edifies as only a great life can.

The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain Book
Score: 4
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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Courier Corporation
  • Release Date : 2013
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 178
  • ISBN 10 : 9780486489230

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The Wit and Wisdom of Mark Twain Excerpt :

"Familiarity breeds contempt — and children." "When angry, count to four; when very angry, swear." "Heaven for climate. Hell for company." This attractive paperback gift edition of the renowned American humorist's epigrams and witticisms features hundreds of quips on life, love, history, culture, travel, and other topics from his fiction, essays, letters, and autobiography.

The Complete Short Stories Of Mark Twain Book
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The Complete Short Stories Of Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Bantam Classics
  • Release Date : 1957
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 679
  • ISBN 10 : 9780553211955

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The Complete Short Stories Of Mark Twain Excerpt :

Gathers all sixty of Twains stories, including tall tales, mysteries, sketches, and tales of travel

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia Book

The Mark Twain Encyclopedia


  • Author : J. R. LeMaster
  • Publisher : Taylor & Francis
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 848
  • ISBN 10 : 082407212X

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The Mark Twain Encyclopedia Excerpt :

A reference guide to the great American author (1835-1910) for students and general readers. The approximately 740 entries, arranged alphabetically, are essentially a collection of articles, ranging significantly in length and covering a variety of topics pertaining to Twain's life, intellectual milieu, literary career, and achievements. Because so much of Twain's writing reflects Samuel Clemens's personal experience, particular attention is given to the interface between art and life, i.e., between imaginative reconstructions and their factual sources of inspiration. Each entry is accompanied by a selective bibliography to guide readers to sources of additional information. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2012-11-15
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 718
  • ISBN 10 : 9781607108771

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Mark Twain Excerpt :

No library's complete without the classics! This edition collects some of the most popular works of legendary humorist and novelist Mark Twain. Mark Twain wrote his greatest works more than one hundred years ago, but he's never far from the minds of Americans. Whether it's the new, complete, and uncensored version of his autobiography hitting bestseller lists or the removal of certain controversial language from one of his novels, his name and his legacy remain a topic of conversation--and undoubtedly will for years to come. There's no better time to appreciate his stories, or read them for the very first time. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson are collected in this timeless and elegant book. Part of the Canterbury Classics series, Mark Twain features an introduction by a renowned Twain scholar that will enlighten new and familiar readers alike. This edition of Mark Twain is a treasure to enjoy forever--just like the writing of Twain himself!

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Book

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-02-07
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN 10 : 9798706026370

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Excerpt :

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (often shortened to Huck Finn) is a novel written by American humorist Mark Twain. It is commonly used and accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of the first major American novels written using Local Color Regionalism, or vernacular, told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer and hero of three other Mark Twain books.The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. By satirizing Southern antebellum society that was already a quarter-century in the past by the time of publication, the book is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. The drifting journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.

Autobiography of Mark Twain  Volume 1 Book
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Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2010-11-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 760
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520946996

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Autobiography of Mark Twain Volume 1 Excerpt :

"I've struck it!" Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. "And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography." Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his "Final (and Right) Plan" for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to "talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment"—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be "dead, and unaware, and indifferent," and that he was therefore free to speak his "whole frank mind." The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death. In celebration of this important milestone and in honor of the cherished tradition of publishing Mark Twain's works, UC Press is proud to offer for the first time Mark Twain's uncensored autobiography in its entirety and exactly as he left it. This major literary event brings to readers, admirers, and scholars the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain's authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave as he intended. Editors: Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon K. Goetz, Leslie Myrick

Mark Twain on Common Sense Book

Mark Twain on Common Sense


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2014-10-07
  • Genre: Self-Help
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9781629140780

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Mark Twain on Common Sense Excerpt :

Revered as one of America’s greatest humorists and author of the “Great American Novel” (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), the words of Samuel Langhorne Clemens—more commonly known as Mark Twain—resonate as strongly today as they did when he wrote them more than a century ago. A close friend of Nikola Tesla and heralded by William Faulkner as “the father of American literature,” Twain’s wit, wisdom, and influence continues through the present day. Printer, typesetter, steamboat pilot, miner, reporter, journalist, author, inventor, humorist, investor, publisher, lecturer—Mark Twain was known as many things during his lifetime and has had at least as many titles thrust upon him since this death, but perhaps what he is best known for is being a source of good old-fashioned common sense. Whatever the topic—whether science and technology, life and love, history and culture, travel and exploration, civil rights and human rights, labor and politics, or ethics and religion—Twain had much to say and many ways to say it. Here, culled from his greatest novels, speeches, letters, conversations, and lectures is the best wisdom and advice—humorous, sardonic, and insightful as always.

Mark Twain s Letters  Volume 4 Book

Mark Twain s Letters Volume 4


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1995-12-27
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 828
  • ISBN 10 : 0520917294

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Mark Twain s Letters Volume 4 Excerpt :

"You ought to see Livy & me, now-a-days—you never saw such a serenely satisfied couple of doves in all your life. I spent Jan 1, 2, 3 & 5 there, & left at 8 last night. With my vile temper & variable moods, it seems an incomprehensible miracle that we two have been right together in the same house half the time for a year & a half, & yet have never had a cross word, or a lover's 'tiff,' or a pouting spell, or a misunderstanding, or the faintest shadow of a jealous suspicion. Now isn't that absolutely wonderful? Could I have had such an experience with any other girl on earth? I am perfectly certain I could not. . . . We are to be married on Feb. 2d." So begins Volume 4 of the letters, with Samuel Clemens anticipating his wedding to Olivia L. Langdon. The 338 letters in this volume document the first two years of a loving marriage that would last more than thirty years. They recount, in Clemens's own inimitable voice, a tumultuous time: a growing international fame, the birth of a sickly first child, and the near-fatal illness of his wife. At the beginning of 1870, fresh from the success of The Innocents Abroad, Clemens is on "the long agony" of a lecture tour and planning to settle in Buffalo as editor of the Express. By the end of 1871, he has moved to Hartford and is again on tour, anticipating the publication of Roughing It and the birth of his second child. The intervening letters show Clemens bursting with literary ideas, business schemes, and inventions, and they show him erupting with frustration, anger, and grief, but more often with dazzling humor and surprising self-revelation. In addition to Roughing It, Clemens wrote some enduringly popular short pieces during this period, but he saved some of his best writing for private letters, many of which are published here for the first time.

Who Was Mark Twain  Book
Score: 4
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Who Was Mark Twain


  • Author : April Jones Prince
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • Release Date : 2004-05-24
  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Pages : 112
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101639986

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Who Was Mark Twain Excerpt :

A humorist, narrator, and social observer, Mark Twain is unsurpassed in American literature. Best known as the author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, not unlike his protagonist, Huck, has a restless spirit. He found adventure prospecting for silver in Nevada, navigating steamboats down the Mississippi, and making people laugh around the world. But Twain also had a serious streak and decried racism and injustice. His fascinating life is captured candidly in this enjoyable biography.

Who Is Mark Twain  Book
Score: 4
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Who Is Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Harper Collins
  • Release Date : 2022-07-03
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 256
  • ISBN 10 : 9780061911569

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Who Is Mark Twain Excerpt :

Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely contemporary, amazingly relevant, and gut-bustingly hilarious.

Mark Twain and the American West Book

Mark Twain and the American West


  • Author : Joseph L. Coulombe
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2003
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 181
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826263186

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Mark Twain and the American West Excerpt :

In Mark Twain and the American West, Joseph Coulombe explores how Mark Twain deliberately manipulated contemporary conceptions of the American West to create and then modify a public image that eventually won worldwide fame. He establishes the central role of the western region in the development of a persona that not only helped redefine American manhood and literary celebrity in the late nineteenth century, but also produced some of the most complex and challenging writings in the American canon.Coulombe sheds new light on previously underappreciated components of Twain's distinctly western persona. Gathering evidence from contemporary newspapers, letters, literature, and advice manuals, Coulombe shows how Twain's persona in the early 1860s as a hard-drinking, low-living straight-talker was an implicit response to western conventions of manhood. He then traces the author's movement toward a more sophisticated public image, arguing that Twain characterized language and authorship in the same manner that he described western men: direct, bold, physical, even violent. In this way, Twain capitalized upon common images of the West to create himself as a new sort of western outlaw--one who wrote.Coulombe outlines Twain's struggle to find the proper balance between changing cultural attitudes toward male respectability and rebellion and his own shifting perceptions of the East and the West. Focusing on the tension between these goals, Coulombe explores Twain's emergence as the moneyed and masculine man-of-letters, his treatment of American Indians in its relation to his depiction of Jim in Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the enigmatic connection of Huck Finn to the natural world, and Twain's profound influence on Willa Cather's western novels.Mark Twain and the American West is sure to generate new interest and discussion about Mark Twain and his influence. By understanding how conventions of the region, conceptions of money and class, and constructions of manhood inters

Mr  Clemens and Mark Twain Book
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Mr Clemens and Mark Twain


  • Author : Justin Kaplan
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2008-06-30
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 432
  • ISBN 10 : 9781439129319

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Mr Clemens and Mark Twain Excerpt :

Mark Twain, the American comic genius who portrayed, named, and in part exemplified America’s “Gilded Age,” comes alive in Justin Kaplan’s extraordinary biography. With brilliant immediacy, Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain brings to life a towering literary figure whose dual persona symbolized the emerging American conflict between down-to-earth morality and freewheeling ambition. As Mark Twain, he was the Mississippi riverboat pilot, the satirist with a fiery hatred of pretension, and the author of such classics as Tom Sawyer andHuckleberry Finn. As Mr. Clemens, he was the star who married an heiress, built a palatial estate, threw away fortunes on harebrained financial schemes, and lived the extravagant life that Mark Twain despised. Kaplan effectively portrays the triumphant-tragic man whose achievements and failures, laughter and anger, reflect a crucial generation in our past as well as his own dark, divided, and remarkably contemporary spirit. Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain brilliantly conveys this towering literary figure who was himself a symbol of the peculiarly American conflict between moral scrutiny and the drive to succeed. Mr. Clemens lived the Gilded Life that Mark Twain despised. The merging and fragmenting of these and other identities, as the biography unfolds, results in a magnificent projection of the whole man; the great comic spirit; and the exuberant, tragic human being, who, his friend William Dean Howells said, was “sole, incomparable, the Lincoln of our literature.”

Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain


  • Author : Harold H. Kolb Jr.
  • Publisher : University Press of America
  • Release Date : 2014-10-29
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 555
  • ISBN 10 : 9780761864219

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Mark Twain Excerpt :

Mark Twain is America’s—perhaps the world’s—best known humorous writer. Yet many commentators in his time and our own have thought of humor as merely an attractive surface feature rather than a crucial part of both the meaning and the structure of Twain’s writings. This book begins with a discussion of humor, and then demonstrates how Twain’s artistic strategies, his remarkable achievements, and even his philosophy were bound together in his conception of humor, and how this conception developed across a forty-five year career. Kolb shows that Twain is a writer whose lifelong mode of perception is essentially humorous, a writer who sees the world in the sharp clash of contrast, whose native language is exaggeration, and whose vision unravels and reorganizes our perceptions. Humor, in all its mercurial complexity, is at the center of Mark Twain’s talent, his successes, and his limitations. It is as a humorist—amiably comic, sharply satiric, grimly ironic, simultaneously humorous and serious—that he is best understood.

A Companion to Mark Twain Book

A Companion to Mark Twain


  • Author : Peter Messent
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2015-08-17
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781119045397

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A Companion to Mark Twain Excerpt :

This broad-ranging companion brings together respected American and European critics and a number of up-and-coming scholars to provide an overview of Twain, his background, his writings, and his place in American literary history. One of the most broad-ranging volumes to appear on Mark Twain in recent years Brings together respected Twain critics and a number of younger scholars in the field to provide an overview of this central figure in American literature Places special emphasis on the ways in which Twain's works remain both relevant and important for a twenty-first century audience A concluding essay evaluates the changing landscape of Twain criticism