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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.

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 2: 1886-1910

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 2: 1886-1910 – Albert Bigelow Paine

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 was not very reverent in his attitude towards what he considers worn-out survivals of old beliefs and superstitions, and sometimes poked fun without much discrimination. This is volume two out of two of one of the best biographies ever written about this outstanding author and covers the years 1886 to 1910.

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 2: 1886-1910

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 2: 1886-1910

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Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 2: 1886-1910.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 1: 1835-1885

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 1: 1835-1885 – Albert Bigelow Paine

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 was not very reverent in his attitude towards what he considers worn-out survivals of old beliefs and superstitions, and sometimes poked fun without much discrimination. This is volume one out of two of one of the best biographies ever written about this outstanding author and covers the years 1835 to 1885.

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 1: 1835-1885

Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 1: 1835-1885

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Mark Twain: A Biography. Volume 1: 1835-1885.

ISBN: 9783849672607.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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 fathers and our grandfathers, who. with his same brilliant wit and humor was wilting of the Mississippi River and its first steamboat in the „Gilded Age“ of the old South before the war, appears with us tonight as young in spirit, as humorous and as handsome as he ever was, and our only hope is that like Tennyson’s Brook and the application of steam to navigation by Robert Fulton he will „roll on and on forever.“

The Gilded Age

The Gilded Age

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The Gilded Age.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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, that he could do it sympathetically and from the inside of the house, not ironically through the window as Thackeray depicted the absurdities of his contemporaries. The letters show, also, what a storybook life he led. Born obscurely in a western town without advantages, half-educated as a typesetter for a country newspaper, a runaway, a soldier „riding a small yellow mule“ to the aid of the Confederacy, a runaway again, a mining prospector familiar with mountain gambling-saloons, a news reporter, he at last acquired some fame with his „Jumping Frog.“ His reputation travelled east and he became a lecturer and special correspondent. Then, of a sudden, he made himself conspicuous to the entire country with his „Innocents Abroad.“ He became a mighty traveller. He was feasted by kings, decorated by universities, and honored everywhere. From Hartford all around the earth and back, he was a leading citizen of the world. The ingenious authors of the most shocking fiction could not invent plots swifter or more romantic. This editions contains the letters from the year 1853 all through 1910. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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 given public circulation. Among the essays included in the collection are: “The Death of Jean,“ „The Memorable Assassination,“ “A Scrap of Curious History,“ “A Simplified Alphabet,” and “Taming the Bicycle.“ In “The Bee” (published for the first time) there are some deliciously funny paragraphs; such as: “Bee scientists always speak of the bee as she. It is because all the important bees are of that sex. In the hive there is one married bee called the queen; she has fifty-thousand children; of these, about one hundred are sons; the rests are daughters. Some of the daughters are young maids, some are old maids and all are virgins and remain so.“

What is Man? And other essays

What is Man? And other essays

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What is Man? And other essays.

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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 soon find out that he has no Moral Sense. In fact, he scorns Moral Sense, as the thing that gives the Human Race its finishing touch of ubnoxiousness. The lives of the villagers arc turned from their predestined paths by his casual interference. He is willing to do a person a good turn, since it costs him nothing, but in several cases his kindness consists in bringing about the early death of his beneficiaries. And such acts he justifies. In spite of its many touches of humor and its plea for laughter as the world’s greatest weapon, the story closes with an overwhelming excoriation of mankind and an abysmal picture of the futility of life. Included are also some more stories by Mark Twain.

The Mysterious Stranger (and other stories)

The Mysterious Stranger (and other stories)

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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 even more simple and direct than his written works. These speeches are all humorous in their style and method. They show one remarkable thing about Mark Twain’s work, whether spoken or writteu — he never repeated himself. It naturally follows that these lectures cover almost every conceivable subject, from weather and women to politics and fishing. The speeches of Mark Twain, in point of time, cover a little more than half his life. Many of them were delivered at important occasions. Here will be found the speech delivered at Oxford when he received the Doctor’s degree from that university, speeches at various birthday dinners, the address delivered at the Aldrich Memorial meeting, etc.

Mark Twain's Speeches

Mark Twain’s Speeches

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Mark Twain’s Speeches.

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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 Stratford fallacy. The author reasons logically that the writer of the plays could not have been Shakespeare, because they exhibit an intimate knowledge of the technicalities of the law, and there is no evidence that Shakespeare, the actor, had at any time the leisure to acquire legal lore.

Is Shakespeare Dead?

Is Shakespeare Dead?

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Is Shakespeare Dead?.

ISBN: 9783849674595.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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. Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science movement. The essays in this book highlight what Twain really thought about this religious movement.

Christian Science

Christian Science

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Christian Science.

ISBN: 9783849674588.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“.

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. His humorous story, „The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County“, was published in 1865, based on a story that he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention and was even translated into French. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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 volume includes, among many other stories: A dog’s tale, The Californian’s tale, A telephone conversation, Italian with grammar, The danger of lying in bed, Eve’s diary, The $30.000 Bequest and many more.

The $30.000 Bequest (and other stories)

The $30.000 Bequest (and other stories)

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The $30.000 Bequest (and other stories).

ISBN: 9783849674571.

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Biography of Mark Twain (from Wikipedia):

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called „The Great American Novel“.

Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper of his older brother Orion Clemens. He later became a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before heading west to join Orion in Nevada. He referred humorously to his lack of success at mining, turning to journalism for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. His humorous story, „The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County“, was published in 1865, based on a story that he heard at Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California where he had spent some time as a miner. The short story brought international attention and was even translated into French. His wit and satire, in prose and in speech, earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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