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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.

Following the Equator (A Journey around the World)

Following the Equator (A Journey around the World) – Mark Twain A happy and interesting jumble is this book of Mark Twain’s. It is like a lucky-bag at a fair. In his zigzag journey around the world, the humorist has … Weiterlesen

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Tom Sawyer, Detective

Tom Sawyer, Detective – Mark Twain In this book we meet once again Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and the faithful Jim, and their adventures are just as interesting as ever and have all that freshness and quaint humor that gave … Weiterlesen

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc – Mark Twain A lengthy historical novel written because Joan of Arc was Clemens‘ favorite historical character. He stated: „It means more to me than anything I have ever undertaken.“ Clemens devoted twelve years … Weiterlesen

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The Tragedy of Pudd`nhead Wilson

The Tragedy of Pudd`nhead Wilson – Mark Twain Mark Twain’s book is a story of mixed babies and the ingenious detection of crime. It is not altogether another “ Hucklebury Finn.“ On the other hand, it is a relief to … Weiterlesen

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Tom Sawyer Abroad

Tom Sawyer Abroad – Mark Twain In the story, Tom, Huck, and Jim travel to Africa in a futuristic hot air balloon, where they survive encounters with lions, robbers, and fleas to see some of the world’s greatest wonders, including the Pyramids and the … Weiterlesen

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The £1.000.000 Bank Note (and other stories)

The £1.000.000 Bank Note (and other stories) – Mark Twain One of Mark Twain’s best-known stories is „The £1,000,000 Bank-Note“. It charts the magical rags-to-riches ascent of a virtuous and resourceful mining broker’s clerk from San Francisco who arrives in … Weiterlesen

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Mark Twain – His Life and Work

Mark Twain – His Life and Work – William Montgomery Clemens There was something so purely American in the humor of Mark Twain, that his work soon made for him a place in native literature. As a representative of American … Weiterlesen

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Merry Tales

Merry Tales – Mark Twain This volume contains some of MARK TWAIN’S most entertaining sketches, of which several had not appeared before in book-form. Of the latter arc his personal reminiscences of the war in „The Private History of a … Weiterlesen

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Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi – Mark Twain When Mark Twain was seventeen he went back to the home of his boyhood resolved to become a pilot on the Mississippi. How he learnt the river he has told us in ‚Life … Weiterlesen

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The American Claimant

The American Claimant – Mark Twain The most widely known character in American fiction, Col. Mulberry Sellers, is again introduced to readers in an original and delightful romance, replete with Mark Twain’s whimsical humor. Format: Paperback The American Claimant. ISBN: … Weiterlesen

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