The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain (Paperback)
|Author: Mark/ Berkove Twain||Editor: Lawrence I. Berkove Lawrence I. Berkove||Introduction: Pete Hamill|
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|Collects several of Mark Twains short stories, including Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog, Political Economy, and Extracts from Adams Diary. *Author: Twain, Mark/ Berkove, Lawrence I./ Hamill, Pete (INT) *Series Title: Modern Library Classics *Publication Date: 2004/04/01 *Number of Pages: 336 *Binding Type: Paperbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.00 *Width: 5.25 *Height: 8.00|
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This unique collection of Twain’s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author’s vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author’s twilight years. These selections illuminate the depth of Twain’s artistry, humor, irony, and narrative genius.This unique collection of Twain's essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author's vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as ?Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog? and ?The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,? as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author's twilight years. These selections illuminate the depth of Twain's artistry, humor, irony, and narrative genius.
Mark Twain, the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, a port on the Mississippi River. As a teenager, he began writing short sketches for his brother's newspaper. When he was older, Clemens became a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, a job that ended with the outbreak of the American Civil War in 1861. He continued to work as a newspaper reporter, and in 1863 began signing his articles with the name Mark Twain, a Mississippi River phrase meaning "two fathoms deep." In 1865, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was published, and became a sensation nationwide. THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER was published in 1876, but it was its sequel, HUCKLEBERRY FINN (1884), that is acknowledged as Twain's greatest work. A masterpiece of American literature, the novel is notable among other things for its uniquely American subject and its brilliant use of dialect. Twain's works in general are full of the author's satiric humor, his disdain for pretension and hypocrisy, and his brilliant characterizations.Pete Hamill began his writing career as a night-side reporter for the "New York Post" in 1960. He has written columns for a number of newspapers in New York, including the "Daily News", the "Village Voice", and "New York Newsday". The author of several novels and short stories, Hamill is a lifetime New Yorker.