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The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain

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This is the first and most complete collection of all 136 humorous sketches and tales that Samuel Clemens (1835–1910), a.k.a. Mark Twain, started writing as a young reporter for various newspapers and magazines and later saw fit to issue in book form. Many pieces appeared in rare, first printings, only to be dropped in subsequent editions; for this reason, readers will ...more
Paperback, 722 pages
Published March 22nd 1996 by Da Capo Press (first published 1960)
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Judy
Feb 28, 2011 Judy rated it it was amazing
I'm reading this right now. For most of the stories so far I have felt this little tickle in my throat where I have wanted to laugh out loud but I am not sure if it's appropriate. Looking forward to the rest of them.
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Jul 09, 2007 Chad rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: humanist and humorist
The more I read from this book the more I thought to myself how much I would have enjoyed meeting Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemens.) On many occasions I caught myself laughing aloud while reading.
This is a complete collection of all the little short stories and sketches that Twain wrote from 1863 - 1904. That is close to forthy years of literary gemstones. Some of my personal favorites are The Danger of Lying in Bed, The Awful German Language, and The Great French Duel.
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I didn't realize how hilarious Twain was until I read this anthology. The best "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" -- truly, truly hysterical.
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Read a sketch a night until finished. Reread most of them.
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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 work
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“He done his level best.

Was he a mining on the flat..
He done it with a zest..
Was he a leading of the choir..
He done his level best.

If he'd a reg'lar task to do,
He never took no rest..
Or if 'twas off and on the same..
He done his level best.

If he was preachin' on his beat,
He'd tramp from east to west,
And north to south ..in cold and heat..
He done his level best.

He'd Yank a sinner outen (Hades),
And land him with the blest;
Then snatch a prayer'n waltz in again,
And do his level best.

He'd cuss and sing and howl and pray,
And dance and drink and jest,
He done his level best.

Whate'er this man was sot to do
He done it with a zest;
No matter what his contract was,
He'd do his level best...”
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