Who Is Mark Twain?

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Who Is Mark Twain? Author Mark Twain go inside Ebook Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.. You had better shove this in the stove, Mark Twain said at the top of an 1865 letter to his brother, for I don t want any absurd literary remains and unpublished letters of Mark Twain published after I am planted He was joking, of course But when Mark Twain died in 1910, he left behind the largest collection of personal papers created by any nineteenth century Am You had better shove this in the stove, Mark Twain said at the top of an 1865 letter to his brother, for I don t want any absurd literary remains and unpublished letters of Mark Twain published after I am planted He was joking, of course But when Mark Twain died in 1910, he left behind the largest collection of personal papers created by any nineteenth century American author Here, for the first time in book form, are twenty four remarkable pieces by the American master pieces that have been handpicked by Robert Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley In Jane Austen, Twain wonders if Austen s goal is to make the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like them in the rest of the chapters The Privilege of the Grave offers a powerful statement about the freedom of speech while Happy Memories of the Dental Chair will make you appreciate modern dentistry In Frank Fuller and My First New York Lecture Twain plasters the city with ads to promote his talk at the Cooper Union he is terrified no one will attend Later that day, Twain encounters two men gazing at one of his ads One man says to the other Who is Mark Twain The other responds God knows I don t Wickedly funny and disarmingly relevant, Who Is Mark Twain shines a new light on one of America s most beloved literary icons a man who was well ahead of his time.. Good Books Who Is Mark Twain? The opening line of one essay from the book says it all: “Reader, suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself. Simply suppose you were a member of Congress.” Irreverent. Scornful. Full of sarcasm and satire. A voice in the modern era that speaks this much truth is unfortunately absent.

  1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.

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  1. The opening line of one essay from the book says it all Reader, suppose you were an idiot And suppose you were a member of Congress But I repeat myself Simply suppose you were a member of Congress Irreverent Scornful Full of sarcasm and satire A voice in the modern era that speaks this much truth is unfortunately absent.


  2. A writer par excellence and a humorist impeccable,He s a satirist that amazes with his eloquence amiable,His timeless works will continue to educate and entertain,He is the legendary Samuel Clemens better known as Mark Twain About the author Mark Twain is a name that needs no introduction His works The adventures of Tom Sawyer and The adventures of Huckleberry Finn are not only cherished and immortalized as literary classics but also are part of school curriculum to expose little minds to the jo [...]



  3. While leftovers of a master, the collection is at times hilarious, astute, prejudiced especially against established religion , but always readable.


  4. In 1900 Mark Twain wrote an editorial entitled The Missionary in World Politics, originally intended for publication in the London Times Palpable anger smolders beneath the polished veneer of a journalistic conviction intended to persuade the reader over the breakfast table Now you, complacent Westerner, Twain charges, now you imagine what it would feel like to watch foreigners traverse, uninvited, throughout your homeland, telling your children that your native religion is the sure ticket to et [...]


  5. My experience with Mark Twain is I suspect similar to many others I was forced to read Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in school To say that I didn t care for them would be an understatement to this day, Tom Sawyer is my least favorite book in the world because all I can remember about it is forcing myself to read it page by agonizing page in fourth grade This shouldn t be a surprise of course My reading tastes have always leaned towards swords and sorcery or laser guns and spaceships or, in th [...]


  6. If you are a fan of Mark Twain, this is the book for you Who is Mark Twain is a collection of essays and short stories never before published for the general reading public The introduction to the collection by Robert H Hirst, General Editor of the Mark Twain Project, is a fantastic introduction to the collection and the author as a person as well as a writer Twain often spoke of his literary remains He rarely disposed of a scrap of paper if he had taken his hand to it to pen his opinion or a st [...]


  7. Mark Twain is perhaps the most quoted American author in history His one line adages serve as witticisms for almost any occasion I ve heard him read at weddings and funerals What we have in this release is a collection of some previously published but mostly unpublished short essays and stories by Twain taken from the almost half million pages of literature that he left behind at his death Some essays mirror the hilarity of Twain s traditional style, while others are curt and serious, seeming to [...]


  8. When I first heard about this book, I couldn t stop smiling I have read everything that Mark Twain wrote, and having this new taste from his grave is a mighty treat indeed If you are a fan of Samuel Clemens, you MUST pick up this quick read of essays and lectures he decided to publish from the grave It makes a great Sunday evening read with a glass of wine in hand Although all the pieces are brilliant, one of my favorite stories in his new book is The Quarrel in the Strong Box It is a fantastic [...]


  9. The title is a misnomer I learned little about Twain from reading this book, in a biographical sense, although I certainly got to know a good deal about his worldview particularly his feelings on the media through his writing This book is pretty much all low lows and high highs It s easy to see why a lot of the content has never been published before but Twain is at his best when discussing his views on journalism Additionally, one chapter where he describes his run in with the English version o [...]


  10. What fun This is from a large collection of Twain s collected works, which are gradually being made available to the public The publisher is very honest that the first few selections are unfinished works one is practically a draft so they are not particularly fun to read BUT, when you get past those, you are into classic Twain Read On Postage Rates on Authors Manuscripts for a hysterical commentary on Capital Hill Worth reprinting as a full page article in the Wall Street Journal just too funny [...]


  11. This was a quick entertaining read It is an interesting collection of Twain s unpublished works and although some of them are quite good, some fall flat and some are just fragments of an idea Many times the author starts with one theme and wanders off to something else This is not to say his perambulations are not interesting, but I can see why they were relegated to the unpublished pile However, when Twain is on, he is on, and some of his observations are priceless, and just as apt today as the [...]


  12. Previously unpublished stories now published 100 years after Twain s death A few are unfinished, one includes rough notes of speeches, but most are as timely today as they were a century ago It s an easy read, but definitely do not skip the introductory notes at the beginning of the book, which put the stories into a larger context and also reveal small facts of interest about most of them though I think I would have preferred to have a small introductory editorial paragraph for each story, inst [...]


  13. I m a big fan of Mark Twain My alma mater is in Elmira, NY, which makes an appearance in one of final pieces of this collection, so I feel a connection to Twain There s no doubting that Twain has made an incredible impact on American literature with his novels Certainly, this collection is not one of those it was only recently released But even so, there s still some of that Mark Twain genius in these pieces I appreciated being able to see the kernels of stories, the snippets of ideas, the ideas [...]


  14. If you are a fan of Mark Twain s, you ll find something to like in this book However, readers should realize that many of the snippets are just thattes and drafts of work in progressat he never finished or published in his lifetime There are a few gems and the rest is interesting to see how his mind worked And, as usual with Mark Twain s work, it is as true today as when he wrote.Overall, a fast read that s worth your time.


  15. This collection of works ranges from quite comical to cut and dry It was very pleasant to see Twain s sense of humor come through, and even the serious pieces had quite a bit of tongue in cheek cheekiness to them The book itself read rather slow I think this has to do with the arrangement and plus the choppy nature of compiling a bunch of short pieces , but it was still really nice to see Twain in his craft.


  16. I m a big fan of Mark Twain s non fiction, so I was intrigued by the concept of this book However, while it contained a few clever pieces, overall, it didn t really seem to hold up to his larger, finished works If you are a diehard fan who wants to read every scrap of Twain available, enjoy But if you are a casual admirer and want to read his best, go for Innocents Abroad or one of his other major works.


  17. For Twain fans, I d check out, but I didn t especially find it one of my favorites The items in here are hit and miss, but the last piece ends the collection well, and there were the usual instances of brilliance that made the entire time spent with the book during the lesser parts worth it, which is the case with many of his works However, for the uninitiated to Twain s works, I d start with another book.


  18. Mark Twain left many manuscripts with instructions to not publish until 70 years after his death Some of those manuscripts have recently been published in this book The comments are as appropriate for today as they were 100 years ago Some of his remarks had me laughing out loud, which caused others to ask what was so funny then they would write down the name of the book to get a copy I hope of these short pieces are published.


  19. Previously unpublished and somewhat unfinished stories articles musings from Mark Twain Loved them, especially Conversations with Satan, Jane Austen, A Group of Servants, The Undertaker s Tale, The Music Box, The Snow Shovelers, and Telegraph Dog Mark Twain is hilarious I just love his work.


  20. It s always hard to give a book by Mark Twain less than 4 starts This tidbits range from incompleted sketches to works Twain considered too controversial to publish until long after his death They show a man deeply concerned about humanity and it s frailties But also a man with a committed sense of humor.


  21. The title of the book is misleading I thought this was going to offer me a different view of his personality or possibly a humorous auto biography that he d written Instead, it s a group of short stories and essays that were either not completed or never published for a variety of reasons Some of them are very funny.


  22. Mark Twain s social commentary is brilliant He was so ahead of his time in so many ways and was completely unafraid to voice his opinions This is not the best collection of his writings, but basically anything by Mark Twain is worth reading Wait for the softcover and or find it used, though.


  23. This was a free read on DailyLit.It is a compilation of unpublished works of Mark Twain.I enjoyed the book, but probably not enough to buy the book I think some of the stories essays were never published for good reason Others were memorable.


  24. Some of the essays stories were really good and some were pretty mediocre But they re unfinished, so I wouldn t rate a man s genius based on this collection I particularly liked On Postage Rates on Authors Manuscript and The Undertaker s Tale.


  25. This collecion of Twain s unpublished works is a must for dedicated Twain fans and a great read for those of us who simply get a kick out of his acerbic humor His essay on Jane Austin is a classic too bad is was never finished or published.


  26. This is a collection of unpublished pieces by Twain which were not allowed to be published until 100 years after his death so it bears a 2009 publication date His comments are remarkably spot on and humourous even today


  27. Odd title since this is a collection of sketches by Mark Twain The best were the conversation between two snow shovelers about Socialists and Anarchists which was a hoot, and the one about the American newspaper I listened to the audiobook John Lithgow was the narrator.


  28. I would have liked the opportunity to meet this man I loved his comments on Jane Austen, the postage rates on author s manuscripts, The missionary in world politics This was a fast entertaining little book I believe anyone who has ever read any of his works would enjoy this very much.


  29. A short introduction about Mark Twain and his works followed by short stories written by Twain I enjoyed Lithgow s interpretation of the stories His voice is fabulous Truly humorous I look forward to reading of Twain s works.


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