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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 Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer – Mark Twain Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a book for readers of all ages. Most readers pick it up young and enjoy it, but too few come back to it later … Weiterlesen

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Roughing It

Roughing It – Mark Twain „Roughing It“ is another one of Mark Twain’s chronicles of his wandering years, this one being the prequel to „Innocents Abroad.“ His adventures take place in the Wild West, Salt Lake City and even in … Weiterlesen

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The Innocents Abroad

The Innocents Abroad – Mark Twain The character of American humor, and its want of resemblance to the humor of Kamtschatka and Patagonia,—will the reader forgive us if we fail to set down here the thoughts suggested by these fresh … Weiterlesen

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The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (and other sketches)

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (and other sketches) – Mark Twain James Russell Lowell had already pronounced the „Frog“ story „the finest piece of humorous writing yet produced in America.“ We are sure he would also have bestowed … Weiterlesen

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Sketches, New and Old

Sketches, New and Old – Mark Twain The long-delayed book of Sketches, contracted for five years before its release, was issued in 1875. „The Jumping Frog“ is included in the volume, also the French translation which Madame Blanc (Th. Bentzon) … Weiterlesen

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A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court

A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain Romance, burlesque, and tragedy are ingeniously mixed in a wildly imaginative tale about a down-to-earth, inventive Yankee who suddenly finds himself in King Arthur’s court. Critical reaction was harsh, the … Weiterlesen

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The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn

The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is often considered Twain’s greatest masterpiece. Combining his raw humor and startlingly mature material, Twain developed a novel that directly attacked many of the traditions the South … Weiterlesen

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