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Twain, Mark. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, best known to his readers by his pen-name of Mark Twain, was born at Florida, Missouri, on 30th November 1835. After learning the trade of a printer and working as a pilot on the Mississippi, he eventually became a journalist in San Francisco. His Innocents Abroad (1869), the result of a foreign tour, had an enormous success, and thenceforward his reputation as a humourist was established. His subsequent books include Roughing It (1872), Tom Sawyer, A Tramp Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The American Claimant, The £1,000,000 Bank-Note, Pudd’nhead Wilson, The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg, and A Double-Barrelled Detective Story (1902). His share in an unfortunate publishing house drove him to a lecturing tour round the world (1895-96), which enabled him fully to re-establish his fortunes. Mark Twain’s humour has secured him a large audience not only in America and this country, but also in Germany and other Continental countries. It is the dry, incisive humour of a shrewd man of the world who, having gone through life with his eyes wide open, has cheered himself by laughing not merely at the faibles of his fellow-men, but, by implication, at his own as well. He is not very reverent in his attitude towards what he considers worn-out survivals of old beliefs and superstitions, and sometimes pokes fun without much discrimination, as in A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc; but when his humour is, as it generally is, at its best and freshest the result to his readers is delightful. In Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, perhaps, Mark Twain showed his power at its highest point, his humour and pathos developed with consummate ease and force in a succession of vividly adventurous episodes.

The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age – Mark Twain Ladies and gentlemen, there are many American writers today who in their way are great, and many, many more during this man’s life have come and gone—but Samuel L. Clemens, the delight of our … Weiterlesen

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Mark Twain’s Letters

Mark Twain’s Letters – Mark Twain Like his other writings, Mark Twain’s letters attest that he was not the greatest of all humorists, but that he did have an amazing gift of depicting the average American, and what is more, … Weiterlesen

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What is Man? And other essays

What is Man? And other essays – Mark Twain Twain, embraces some of the latter day thoughts of the great humorist, some shorter and lighter sketches, together with the radical paper from which the book takes its name, never before … Weiterlesen

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The Mysterious Stranger (and other stories)

The Mysterious Stranger (and other stories) – Mark Twain Three Austrian boys, in 1590, meet a mysterious stranger, who calls himself an angel, yet is named Satan. He is a fascinating companion, performing miracles that charm the boys, but they … Weiterlesen

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Mark Twain’s Speeches

Mark Twain’s Speeches – Mark Twain This book reveals Mark Twain in a new and interesting phase. Mark Twain was first of all a lecturer, almost before he began to write. Conceived and composed to be spoken, these speeches are … Weiterlesen

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Is Shakespeare Dead?

Is Shakespeare Dead? – Mark Twain “Is Shakespeare Dead?” is a scholarly work of profound erudition, and has been accepted by critics as the final word on the Baconian controversy. No Shakespearite after reading it can longer cling to the … Weiterlesen

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Christian Science

Christian Science – Mark Twain Mark Twain wrote this book about Christian Science in 1907, three years before his death. Although he was most interested in spirituality and the basics of mental healing, he was a fierce enemy of Mrs. … Weiterlesen

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The $30.000 Bequest (and other stories)

The $30.000 Bequest (and other stories) – Mark Twain Many of Mark Twain’s funniest stories have been gathered into this volume. Some have appeared before in book form while other more recent ones have seen print only in magazines. The … Weiterlesen

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A Double Barrelled Detective Story

A Double Barrelled Detective Story – Mark Twain „A Double-Barrelled Detective Story“ is just one of Mark Twain’s little airy nothings that come our way every now and then and afford us an hour of genuine amusement and then fit … Weiterlesen

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The Man that corrupted Hadleyburg (and other stories and essays)

The Man that corrupted Hadleyburg (and other stories and essays) – Mark Twain ‘The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg’ gives its title to this collection of short stories by Mark Twain. We find here the old Mark, with a difference. The … Weiterlesen

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