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Great Short Works Of Mark Twain : Perennial Classics - Mark Twain

Great Short Works Of Mark Twain

Perennial Classics

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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.

Introductionp. vii
A Note on the Textp. xv
Old Times on the Mississippi (The Atlantic Monthly, Jan., Feb., March, April, May, June, and August, 1875)p. 1
The Jumping Frog (Sketches, New and Old)p. 79
The Great Landslide Case (Roughing It)p. 96
Jim Blaine and His Grandfather's Ram (Roughing It)p. 101
A True Story (Sketches, New and Old)p. 106
Accident Insurance-Etc. (Mark Twain's Speeches)p. 111
The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut (Tom Sawyer Abroad)p. 113
The Story of a Speech (Mark Twain's Speeches)p. 129
Jim Baker's Bluejay (A Tramp Abroad)p. 139
The Private History of a Campaign that Failed (American Claimant)p. 144
Letter to the Earth (Letters from the Earth)p. 163
Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses (In Defense of Harriet Shelley)p. 169
How to Tell a Story (The $30,000 Bequest)p. 182
Corn-Pone Opinions (Europe and Elsewhere)p. 188
The United States of Lyncherdom (Europe and Elsewhere)p. 193
To the Person Sitting in Darkness (Europe and Elsewhere)p. 201
The War Prayer (Europe and Elsewhere)p. 218
The Turning Point of My Life (What Is Man?)p. 222
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburgp. 231
The Mysterious Strangerp. 278
A Chronologyp. 367
A Bibliographyp. 369
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ISBN: 9780060727864
ISBN-10: 0060727861
Series: Perennial Classics
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 28th September 2004
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 14.8 x 19.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.32