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The Portable Mark Twain

Penguin Classics

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Published: 1st November 2004
For Ages: 18+ years old
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The essential works of the great American humorist

Satirist, novelist, and keen observer of the American scene, Mark Twain remains one of the world's best-loved writers. This delightful collection of Twain's favourite and most memorable writings includes selected tales and sketches such as The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, How I Edited an Agricultural Journal Once, Jim Baker's Blue-Jay Yarn, and A True Story. It also features excerpts from his novels and travel books (including Roughing It, The Innocents Abroad, and Life on the Mississippi, among others; autobiographical and polemical writings; as well as selected letters and speeches. The collection also reprints the complete text of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, including the often omitted raftsmen passage.

About the Author

Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.

"Trying to put your arms around Mark Twain is like trying to embrace the Mississippi. He is endless. This Portable, however, should open his richness to the new reader and remind the older ones of the wealth they may have forgotten. Reading him again is like biting into fresh bread."--Arthur Miller "An indispensable anthology of America's indispensable author." --Justin Kaplan

"If you need a good solid comprehensive handful of Mark Twain to keep with you--and who doesn't?--this is it." --Roy Blount, Jr.

"If this isn't the thoughtfulest and usefulest hand-tooled gilt-edged one-volume Twain, I am a horned toad." --Frederick Crews

The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County (1865)p. 5
How I edited an agricultural journal once (1870)p. 12
The story of the old ramp. 18
Buck Fanshaw's funeralp. 23
Letters from Greeleyp. 31
An encounter with an interviewer (1874)p. 38
A true story, repeated word for word as I heard it (1874)p. 43
The Sea of Galileep. 51
At the tomb of Adamp. 58
Colonel Sellers entertains Washington Hawkinsp. 63
Jim Baker's blue-jay yarnp. 79
The hair trunkp. 86
The river and its historyp. 93
The boys' ambitionp. 99
Perplexing lessonsp. 104
Continued perplexitiesp. 111
Sunrise on the riverp. 118
The house beautifulp. 119
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)p. 125
The private history of a campaign that failed (1885)p. 415
The Yankee in search of adventuresp. 441
The holy fountainp. 448
Extracts from Adam's diary (1893)p. 455
From The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), from Following the equator (1897)p. 469
From The tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson "Pudd'nhead Wilson's calendar"p. 471
Pudd'nhead Wilson's new calendarp. 476
Decimating the savagesp. 483
To the person sitting in darkness (1901)p. 489
Corn-pone opinions (1901)p. 509
Early days (1907)p. 517
Speechesp. 535
Farewell banquet for Bayard Taylor (1878)p. 537
Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims (1881)p. 541
Advice to youth (1882)p. 547
The alphabet and simplified spelling (1907)p. 551
Education and citizenship (1908)p. 554
Lettersp. 557
To Mrs. Jane Clemens and Mrs. Moffett, 1/20/1866p. 559
To W. D. Howells, 12/8/1874p. 559
To W. D. Howells, 8/9/1876p. 560
To J. H. Burrough, 11/1/1876p. 562
To the Reverend J. H. Twichell, 1/26/1879p. 564
To Orion Clemens and family, 7/21/1883p. 565
To Frank A. Nichols, Secretary, Concord Free Trade Club, 3/1885p. 566
To Jeannette Gilder (not mailed), 5/14/1887p. 568
To Andrew Lang, early 1890p. 568
Fragment of letter to -, 1891p. 571
To Susan Crane, 3/19/1893p. 573
To Major "Jack" Downing, 2/26/1899p. 573
To W. D. Howells, 4/2/1899p. 574
To Reverend J. H. Twichell, 2/1902p. 575
To Miss Picard, 2/22/1902p. 577
To Robert Fulton, 5/24/1905p. 578
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ISBN: 9780142437759
ISBN-10: 0142437751
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 579
Published: 1st November 2004
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 13.34 x 19.68  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1