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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.

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 away to smile their cheerful smiles upon some other beings equally forlorn. The plot of the tale is an ingeniously contrived one, the characters are cleverly depicted, although they present a type more imaginative than real and the mode of expression is just the same clear-cut, vigorous, resounding style that we might expect from so skilful a writer. The whole is a satire, wonderfully diverting and highly amusing with just a sufficient quantity of veiled truth to give it an excuse for being.

A Double Barrelled Detective Story

A Double Barrelled Detective Story

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A Double Barrelled Detective Story.

ISBN: 9783849674564.

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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 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 years that bring the philosophic mind have made of the inimitable humorist a writer of stories with a purpose. But the author’s purpose is not permitted to thwart the reader’s, which is to get at least one good laugh out of everything that Mark Twain signs. As the present tales and sketches reprinted from Harper’s, The Century, The Cosmopolitan, etc., contain more than one laugh each, the reader should not be disappointed who finds them provocative of thought as well as of mirth.

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

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

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

ISBN: 9783849674557.

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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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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 made a collection of odds and ends of fun, philosophy, and fantastic description, such as has never been gathered in the pages of a single book, and any one dipping in at random is sure of a prize. The heterogeneous mass has some pretense of being loosely strung together, but it is on a line as long as the Equator itself. It is a traveler’s miscellany — a globe-trotter’s hotch-potch — a sociologist’s cabinet of specimens, all bearing the quaint labelings of the creator of Pudd’nhead Wilson. Here is a rare bit of humor surreptitiously picked up in a New Zealand drawing-room; there a sample fragment of a life-tragedy which the trophy-hunter knocked off Molokai. This division of the cabinet contains an incident from the stage-door of a New York theater; that, next to it, a unique string of anecdotes of tiger-hunting in Baroda. And according to the labels, many of the specimens were picked up in very unexpected places; as for instance, the yarn about Barnum which the collector found in Delagoa bay. But wherever found, or however incongruously grouped, this cabinet of odds and ends of life is one of the most interesting and unique collections ever made by a traveler. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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 the volume in which they first appeared a charm such as few boys‘ books possess. The tale is told by Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer’s faithful henchman, and it is an exciting narrative of these two boys‘ adventures with thieves on a Mississippi steamboat, a mysterious murder, a trial, and a final unravelling of the mystery by Tom.

Tom Sawyer, Detective

Tom Sawyer, Detective

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Tom Sawyer, Detective.

ISBN: 9783849674533.

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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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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 to researching and writing this novel. Harper’s Magazine serialized it first in three monthly installments (April 1895-April 1896) without his name. He used the pseudonym Sieur Louis de Conte to prevent the work’s not being taken seriously under his own name, while the name of the translator, Jean Francois Alden, is referred to as a pun on John Alden. This edition contains many of the fine drawings that had appeared in the periodical. (From „A Centennial For Tom Sawyer“)

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

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Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc.

ISBN: 9783849674526.

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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 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 find that it is not another “ Yankee at King Arthur’s Court.“ Roxy, the slave woman who changes the babies, is a delightful character who stirs us with a warm and ready interest. For the rest, there is little said to rouse enthusiasm. Puddn’head Wilson himself is unreal, too much of the deus ex machina, though there is much that is Twainian in the specimen sayings that illustrate his wisdom. Every chapter is headed with these extracts, and it is clear that Pudd’nhead Wilson is to Mark Twain what Poor Richard was to Franklin. In the means by which Wilson detects the murderer of Judge Driscoll we have an ingenious adaptation of the system of thumb-impressions, originated by Sir W. Herschell, in India, as a method of identifying criminals. It is cleverly, if not entirely persuasively, worked out in the story. But the sketch of Roxy, the negress, is by far the finest thing in the book. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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 Sphinx. Like Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Detective, the story is told using the first-person narrative voice of Huck Finn. It is a sequel, set in the time following the title story of the Tom Sawyer series.

Tom Sawyer Abroad

Tom Sawyer Abroad

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Tom Sawyer Abroad.

ISBN: 9783849674502.

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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 £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 London with a single dollar in his pocket, and proceeds to ultimate and splendid financial success and fame in London society—a paean to ingenuity and a celebration of its cunning confidence-man narrator. Included are furthermore ‘Mental Telegraphy’, ‘A Cure for the Blues”, ’The Enemy Conquered; or, Love Triumphat’, ‘Playing The Courier’, ‘The German Chicago’ and ‘A Petition To The Queen Of England”.

The £1.000.000 Bank Note (and other stories)

The £1.000.000 Bank Note (and other stories)

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The £1.000.000 Bank Note (and other stories).

ISBN: 9783849674496.

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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 – 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 life and character his name extended even beyond the confines of the continent of Europe, into all lands and among all peoples. In Paris one cannot purchase a Bible at the book stall, but one may find „Roughing It“ at every corner. In Rome, „The Innocents Abroad“ is one of the staples in the book marts. In Hongkong you will find Mark Twain. Everywhere they read him. The career of Mark Twain is a romance. His life is a curious medley of pathos and poverty, with an occasional laugh to help along over the rough places. In this modest volume the author does not attempt to analyze the humor of Mark Twain. There is romance, and adventure, and thrilling interest surrounding the life of the prince of humorists, and the author has endeavored to gather together some of these interesting facts. Mark Twain’s satire and wit speak for themselves. Read more/Mehr lesen...

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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 Campaign that failed;“ a short story entitled „Luck,“ and his popular farce „Meisterschaft.“

Merry Tales

Merry Tales

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Merry Tales.

ISBN: 9783849675004.

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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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