The Bible According to Mark Twain Book
Score: 4
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The Bible According to Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : University of Georgia Press
  • Release Date : 1995
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 9780820316505

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The Bible According to Mark Twain Excerpt :

This volume collects the most important writings by Mark Twain in which he used biblical settings, themes, and figures. Featuring Twain's singular portrayals of God, Adam, Eve, Satan, Methuselah, Shem, St. Peter, and others, the writings stand among Twain's most imaginative expressions of his views on human nature and humankind's relation to the Creator and the universe. Composed over four decades (1871-1910), the writings range from farce to fantasy to satire, each one bearing the mark of Twain's unmistakable wit and insight. Among the many delights in store for readers are Adam and Eve's divergent accounts of their domestic troubles; Methuselah's discussion of an ancient version of baseball, complete with a parody of baseball jargon; Shem's hand-wringing account of how material shortages and labor troubles were hampering the progress of the ark his father, Noah, was building; a description of the disruptive actions of the fire-and-brimstone evangelist Sam Jones upon arriving in heaven; Captain Stormfield's revelations of what heaven is really like; Satan's musings on our puerile concepts of the afterlife; and Twain's advice on how to dress and tip properly in heaven. Twain's humor, however, is never gratuitous. As readers laugh their way through this volume, they will find ample evidence of Twain's concerns about scriptural fallacies and inconsistencies, the Bible's rather flat portrayal of important characters, and our limited notions about the nature and meaning of our own--and God's--existence. Many of the pieces in this collection, even the most lighthearted, might still be considered controversial; of some of the darker pieces, Twain himself acknowledged that they would be heretical in any age. Moreover, these writings are valuable cultural artifacts of a time when, across the Western world, fundamental religious beliefs were being called into question by the precepts of Darwinism and the rapid advances of science and technology. Several of this volume's sele

The Bible According to Mark Twain Book
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From 6 Ratings

The Bible According to Mark Twain


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 1996-12-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780684824390

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The Bible According to Mark Twain Excerpt :

Compiles letters, essays, diaries, and excerpts about heaven, hell, sinners, and saints

Letters from The Earth Book
Score: 4
From 19 Ratings

Letters from The Earth


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Greenbooks editore
  • Release Date : 2021-05-19
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9791259715821

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Letters from The Earth Excerpt :

It comprises essays written during a difficult time in Twain's life (1904–1909), when he was deeply in debt and had recently lost his wife and one of his daughters. The content concerns morality and religion and strikes a tone that is sarcastic - Twain's own term throughout the book.

Mark Twain Book

Mark Twain


  • Author : Ray Comfort
  • Publisher : New Leaf Publishing Group
  • Release Date : 2014-09-26
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780890518458

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Mark Twain Excerpt :

From the pages of a long-hidden manuscript written by a man filled with disappointment and anger, you will discover the truth about Mark Twain’s embittered battle with God! Evidence in his work that proves he wasn't an atheistSelections from his letters and popular works that reveal his confused faithPerspectives from Twain on God that echo modern criticism and doubts. Twain was a very popular and gifted speaker with a carefully cultivated image. Few knew he secretly wrote a manuscript complaining bitterly about the God of the Bible, citing hypocrisy and cruelties, like there would be no sex in heaven. Twain decided to have his book published 100 years after his death in the hope that society would then be open-minded enough to listen. Ray Comfort searches through volumes of Twain’s writings to develop a comprehensive answer to this profound writer of the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and a man who suffered much. Discover Twain’s arguments with God and a powerful response that helps strengthen your faith and understanding of our loving Creator!

Mark Twain   s Book of Animals Book

Mark Twain s Book of Animals


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2011-07
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 344
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520271524

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Mark Twain s Book of Animals Excerpt :

"For those unaware—as I was until I read this book—that Mark Twain was one of America's early animal advocates, Shelley Fisher Fishkin's collection of his writings on animals will come as a revelation. Many of these pieces are as fresh and lively as when they were first written, and it's wonderful to have them gathered in one place." —Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation and The Life You Can Save “A truly exhilarating work. Mark Twain's animal-friendly views would not be out of place today, and indeed, in certain respects, Twain is still ahead of us: claiming, correctly, that there are certain degraded practices that only humans inflict on one another and upon other animals. Fishkin has done a splendid job: I cannot remember reading something so consistently excellent."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and The Face on Your Plate "Shelley Fisher Fishkin has given us the lifelong arc of the great man's antic, hilarious, and subtly profound explorations of the animal world, and she's guided us through it with her own trademark wit and acumen. Dogged if she hasn't." —Ron Powers, author of Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain and Mark Twain: A Life

Christian Science Book

Christian Science


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Binker North
  • Release Date : 1907
  • Genre: Literary Collections
  • Pages : 362
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X000761753

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Christian Science Excerpt :

Christian Science is a 1907 book by the American writer Mark Twain (1835-1910). The book is a collection of essays Twain wrote about Christian Science, beginning with an article that was published in Cosmopolitan in 1899. Although Twain was interested in mental healing and the ideas behind Christian Science, he was hostile towards its founder, Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910). Book I of this volume occupies a quarter or a third of the volume, and consists of matter written about four years ago, but not hitherto published in book form. It contained errors of judgment and of fact. I have now corrected these to the best of my ability and later knowledge. Book II was written at the beginning of 1903, and has not until now appeared in any form. In it my purpose has been to present a character- portrait of Mrs. Eddy, drawn from her own acts and words solely, not from hearsay and rumor; and to explain the nature and scope of her Monarchy, as revealed in the Laws by which she governs it, and which she wrote herself. Book I of this volume occupies a quarter or a third of the volume, and consists of matter written about four years ago, but not hitherto published in book form. It contained errors of judgment and of fact. I have now corrected these to the best of my ability and later knowledge. Book II was written at the beginning of 1903, and has not until now appeared in any form. In it my purpose has been to present a character- portrait of Mrs. Eddy, drawn from her own acts and words solely, not from hearsay and rumor; and to explain the nature and scope of her Monarchy, as revealed in the Laws by which she governs it, and which she wrote herself.

Mark Twain and the Bible Book

Mark Twain and the Bible


  • Author : Allison Ensor
  • Publisher : University Press of Kentucky
  • Release Date : 2014-07-15
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 144
  • ISBN 10 : 9780813162638

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Mark Twain enthusiasts will welcome this study of the great writer's attitude toward the Bible -- and of the influence of Holy Writ upon both the man and the artist. While the theological beliefs of Twain have been well documented, Mr. Ensor's study is the first to consider only his familiarity with the Bible and the extensive use of it in his writings. The Bible elicited by turns pious, skeptical, comical, and even hostile reactions in Twain, but he could not ignore it. Mr. Ensor examines manifestations of these conflicting impulses from the early newspaper articles to the autobiographical dictations; he suggests that from the Bible Twain may have derived three images that recur in his works: the Prodigal Son (Twain often saw himself in the Bad Boy pose); Adam (representing for Twain an unjust loss of innocence he shared with all mankind); and Noah (Twain saw himself as a prophet warning civilization of impending doom).

The Irreverent Writings Book

The Irreverent Writings


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2021-05-08
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 106
  • ISBN 10 : 9798501102590

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The Irreverent Writings Excerpt :

In the case of The Irreverent Writings, it is a colossal satire of human nature. He resorted to a genre that some critics called "pseudo-history." The small biblical diatribes that compose it, written between 1870 and 1909, show Twain's deep religious skepticism. This book hides under its mocking facade a humorous and scathing attack on established values, and is the sample of a superior intelligence, which leaves no puppet with a head.

Mark Twain  A Literary Life Book

Mark Twain A Literary Life


  • Author : Everett Emerson
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2017-02-17
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781512821550

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Mark Twain A Literary Life Excerpt :

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2000 "Mark Twain endures. Readers sense his humanity, enjoy his humor, and appreciate his insights into human nature, even into such painful experiences as embarrassment and humiliation. No matter how remarkable the life of Samuel Clemens was, what matters most is the relationship of Mark Twain the writer and his writings. That is the subject of this book."—from the Preface In Mark Twain, A Literary Life, Everett Emerson revisits one of America's greatest and most popular writers to explore the relationship between the life of the writer and his writings. The assumption throughout is that to see Mark Twain's writings in focus, one must give proper attention to their biographical context. Mark Twain's literary career is fascinating in its strangeness. How could this genius have had so little sense of what he should next do? As a young man, Samuel Clemens's first vocation, that of journeyman printer, took him far from home to the sights of New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, while his next vocation would give him the identity by which we most frequently know him. His choice of "Mark Twain" as a pen name cemented his bond with the river, as did such books as Life on the Mississippi and Huckleberry Finn. Then following an unsuccessful try at silver mining, Clemens worked as a newspaperman, humorist, lecturer, but also cultivated an interest in playwriting, politics, and philosophizing. In reporting the author's life, Emerson has endeavored to permit Mark Twain to tell his own story as much as possible, through the use of letters and autobiographical writings, some unpublished. These fascinating glimpses into the life of the writer will be of interest to all who have an abiding affection for Samuel Clemens and his extraordinary legacy.

No  44  The Mysterious Stranger Book
Score: 4
From 11 Ratings

No 44 The Mysterious Stranger


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 2011-02-05
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 202
  • ISBN 10 : 9780520270008

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No 44 The Mysterious Stranger Excerpt :

This is the only authoritative text of this late novel. It reproduces the manuscript which Mark Twain wrote last, and the only one he finished or called the "The Mysterious Stranger." Albert Bigelow Paine's edition of the same name has been shown to be a textual fraud.

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.

Mark Twain on Religion Book

Mark Twain on Religion


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Library of Alexandria
  • Release Date : 2022-07-05
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781465580283

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The Bible According to Mark Twain Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Bible According to Mark Twain


  • Author : Joseph B. Mccullough
  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster
  • Release Date : 1996-12-06
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 0684824396

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The Bible According to Mark Twain Excerpt :

An indispensable and provocative compilation of witty essays dealing with Biblical stories and their inconsistencies from America’s master satirist, Mark Twain. The Bible According to Mark Twain is a selection of essays spanning forty years of his writing career, which touch on and satirize stories and figures from the Bible. In his characteristic style, Twain illustrates the inherent comedy and inconsistencies found within Holy Scripture, simultaneously entertaining and provoking questions about man’s place in the world and his relationship with God. An important installment in the Twain canon, this book is perfect for fans of America’s master satirist.

Cosmopolitan Twain Book

Cosmopolitan Twain


  • Author : Ann M. Ryan
  • Publisher : University of Missouri Press
  • Release Date : 2008-01
  • Genre: Literary Criticism
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780826266651

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Cosmopolitan Twain Excerpt :

Cosmopolitan Twain takes seriously Mark Twain's life as a citizen of urban landscapes: from the streets of New York City to the palaces of Vienna to the suburban utopia of Hartford. Traditional readings of Mark Twain orient his life and work by distinctly rural markers such as the Mississippi River, the Wild West, and small-town America; yet, as this collection shows, Twain's sensibilities were equally formed in the urban centers of the world. These essays represent Twain both as a product of urban frontiers and as a prophet of American modernity, situating him squarely within the context of an evolving international and cosmopolitan community.As Twain traveled and lived in these locales, he acquired languages, costumes, poses, and politics that made him one of the first truly cosmopolitan world citizens. Beginning with New York City--where Twain spent more of his life than in Hannibal--we learn that his early experiences there fed his fascination with racial identity and economic privilege. While in St. Louis and New Orleans, Twain developed a strategic detachment that became a part of his cosmopolitan persona. His contact with bohemian writers in San Francisco excited his ambitions to become more than a humorist, while sojourns in Buffalo and Hartford marked Twain's uneasy accommodation to domesticity and cultural prominence. London finally liberated him from his narrowly constructed national identity, while Vienna allowed him to fully achieve his transnational voice. The volume ends by presenting Elmira, New York, as a complement, and something of a counterpart, to Twain's cosmopolitan life, creating a domestic retreat from the pace and complexity of an increasingly urban, modern America.In response to each of these cities, Twain generated writings that marked America's movement into the twentieth century and toward the darker realities that made possible this cosmopolitan state. Cosmopolitan Twain presents Twain's eventual descent into skepticism and despair not

The Innocents Abroad Book
Score: 3
From 2 Ratings

The Innocents Abroad


  • Author : Mark Twain
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1901
  • Genre: Europe
  • Pages : 651
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X001977425

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