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All modern American literature comes from… “Huckleberry Finn”. It’s the best book we’ve had. —Ernest Hemingway
Probably the most stupendous event of my whole life. —Henry Louis Mencken
[Huck is] one of the permanent symbolic figures of fiction, not unworthy to take a place with Ulysses, Faust, Don Quixote, Don Juan, Hamlet… —T. S. Eliot
The mark of how good ‘Huckleberry Finn’ has to be is that one can compare it to a number of our best modern American novels and it stands up page for page, awkward here, sensational there — absolutely the equal of one of those rare incredible first novels that come along once or twice in a decade. —Norman Mailer
The first truly American writer, and all of us since are his heirs. —William Faulkner
Written in 1889, Mark Twain's novel is one of literature’s first genre mash-ups and one of the first works to feature time travel. It is one of the best known Twain stories, and also one of his most unique. Twain uses the story concept to launch a social commentary on contemporary society, a thinly veiled critique of the contemporary times despite the Old World setting.
While the dark pessimism that would fully blossom in Twain’s later works can be discerned in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, the novel will nevertheless be remembered primarily for its wild leaps of imagination, brilliant wit, and entertaining storytelling.
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court: A supervisor at a firearms factory in Hartford, Connecticut, Hank Morgan inexplicably finds himself transported back in time to Camelot. Worse still, he is brought before the Round Table and sentenced to burn at the stake. Will Hank die at the hands of King Arthur’s knights, or can his Yankee ingenuity save him? A seminal work of time travel fiction, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court is also an enduring comedic classic.
A Tramp Abroad: Based on true events, Mark Twain’s travelogue through late nineteenth-century Europe is embellished with fictional tales and a made-up travel partner. Wandering mostly on foot, Twain meanders through Germany, the French and Swiss Alps, and Northern Italy. He also ventures down the Neckar river by raft, ascends Mont Blanc by telescope, and experiences European life with his usual penetrating wit, infectious curiosity, and timeless humor.
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc: Twain’s final novel—and, by his own account, his best—is an imagined memoir of Joan of Arc. Beginning with her humble childhood in the French village of Domrémy, it recounts her visions of Archangels and her taking control of the French army at the age of seventeen. From her victory over the English at Orléans and her Bloodless March to Rheims, the story progresses finally to Joan’s tragic defeat and execution by the English.
Whether he’s sneaking doughnuts, mooning over a pretty girl, or snookering the local boys to do his work for him, Tom Sawyer is the consummate schemer—but his charm and easygoing nature keep him from being in anyone’s bad graces for long. However, when Tom teams up with his friend Huck Finn, their sleepy Missouri town had better watch out.
Based on Mark Twain’s memories of growing up along the Mississippi River, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is both an idyllic picture of boyhood and an affectionate satire of adult conventions.
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Revised edition: Previously published as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, this edition of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
In 1861, Mark Twain joined his older brother Orion, the newly appointed secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey from Missouri to Carson City, Nevada. Planning to be gone for three months, Twain spent the next “six or seven years” exploring the great American frontier, from the monumental vistas of the Rocky Mountains to the lush landscapes of Hawaii. Along the way, he made and lost a theoretical fortune, danced like a kangaroo in the finest hotels of San Francisco, and came to terms with freezing to death in a snow bank—only to discover, in the light of morning, that he was fifteen steps from a comfortable inn.
As a record of the “variegated vagabondizing” that characterized his early years—before he became a national treasure—Roughing It is an indispensable chapter in the biography of Mark Twain. It is also, a century and a half after it was first published, both a fascinating history of the American West and a laugh-out-loud good time.
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"Letters from the Earth" is a collection of essays that were written during a difficult time in Twain's life; he was deep in debt and had lost his wife and one of his daughters. The book consists of a series of short stories, many of which deal with God and Christianity. Twain penned a series of letters from the point-of-view of a dejected angel on Earth. This title story consists of letters written by the archangel Satan to archangels, Gabriel and Michael, about his observations on the curious proceedings of earthly life and the nature of man's religions.
By analysing the idea of heaven and God that is widely accepted by those who believe in both, Twain is able to take the silliness that is present and study it with the common sense that is absent. Not so much an attack as much as a cold dissection.
Other short stories in the book include a bedtime story about a family of cats Twain wrote for his daughters, and an essay explaining why an anaconda is morally superior to Man.
Twain's writings in "Letters from the Earth" find him at perhaps his most quizzical and questioning state ever.
Renowned as a novelist, journalist, and humorist, Mark Twain is not only one of the most widely read and admired American writers, he is also among the most quoted. Wit and repartee permeate his work — from the short, light pieces to his great novel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and even later, in dark meditations on the human condition where his humor takes on a cynical, satirical twist.
This remarkably inexpensive volume gathers together hundreds of Twain's most memorable quips and comments on life, love, history, culture, travel, and a diversity of other topics that occupied his thoughts over 50 years of writing and lecturing.
An invaluable, ready reference for writers, speakers, and others in search of amusing and insightful quotes, this entertaining and thought-provoking compilation is also an ideal introduction to Twain's inimitable style and thought.
Each chapter is clearly marked so user knows which book within the boxset is being read.
• The Gilded Age - A Tale Of Today. (Illustrated)
• The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated)
• The Prince And The Pauper (Illustrated)
• Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn (Illustrated)
• A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court. (Illustrated)
• The American Claimant. (Illustrated)
• Tom Sawyer Abroad.
• Pudd'nhead Wilso.
• Tom Sawyer, Detective.
• Personal Recollections Of Joan Of Arc.
• A Horse's Tale.
• The Mysterious Stranger.
The Non Fiction.
• Old Times On The Mississippi.
• Life on the Mississippi.
• Editorial Wild Oats.
• Christian Science.
• Queen Victoria’s Jubilee.
• My Platonic Sweetheart.
The Travel Writing.
• The Innocents Abroad.
• Roughing It.
• A Tramp Abroad.
• Following The Equator.
• Some Rambling Notes Of An Idle Excursion.
The Short Story Collections.
• The Jumping Frog And Other Humorous Sketches.
• Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography.
• Sketches New and Old.
• Merry Tales.
• The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and Other New Stories.
• The $30,000 Bequest, and Other Stories.
• The Curious Republic Of Gondour, And Other Whimsical Sketches.
The Complete Short Stories.
The Complete Essays of Mark Twain.
The Complete Letters of Mark Twain Vol1-6.
The Complete Speeches of Mark Twain.
• Chapters from My Autobiography by Mark Twain. (Inline Footnotes)
• Mark Twain A Biography by Albert Bigelow Paine.
• My Mark Twain by William Dean Howells.
• The Boys Life of Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine. (Inline Footnotes)
Published in 1896 by Harper Brothers following serialisation in Harpers Magazine, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc was Twain's ninth novel and the one he considered his best work. Although the Joan story is essentially true, this account by Twain is fictionalised, with the author – who kept his identity hidden for the serialisation – claiming that it had been 'freely translated' from an original manuscript by one Jean Francois Alden.
While the plot is familiar enough – suffice to say that Joan doesn't come out of it in a great condition – the means by which the story is related is novel, with Twain inventing a page as the narrator who manages to be close to Joan from her childhood all the way through to acting as a defendant during her trial. As with A Connecticut Yankee, such a device does create problems with the plotting, but on the whole it works well enough to get Joan's story across on a personal level.
Table of Contents:
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Gilded Age
The Prince and the Pauper
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
The American Claimant
Tom Sawyer Abroad
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
Tom Sawyer, Detective
A Horse's Tale
The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain: A Biography by Albert Bigelow Paine
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He is best known for his two novels – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but his satirical stories and travel books are also widely popular. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned him praise from critics and peers. He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age.