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This Library of America book, with itscompanion volume, is the most comprehensive collection ever published of Mark Twain's short writings — the incomparable stories, sketches, burlesques, hoaxes, tall tales, speeches, satires, and maxims of America's greatest humorist. Arranged chronologically and containing many pieces restored to the form in which Twain intended them to ...more
Hardcover, 1120 pages
Published October 15th 1992 by Library of America
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Tristram
Feb 28, 2014 Tristram rated it really liked it
Advice on Pretty Much Everything, Bicycle Taming, Cannibalism

This list could be prolonged by going through every letter of the alphabet … okay, maybe one has to skip unruly letters like q, x or y … and you would still not have done justice to half of the topics Mark Twain seems to have dealt with in his career as a writer, journalist and public person from his tentative beginnings in 1852 to 1890, the year with which The Library of America decides to conclude their first volume of Samuel Langh
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Keith
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With a few notable exceptions (primarily Huckleberry Finn), I’ve always thought Mark Twain was more of a comedian than a novelist. He invented the politically charged, socially conscious stand-up routine and made a living doing it.

Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays presents his wry, irreverent, iconoclastic dark humor at its best. Not every page is a laugh riot – actually far from it. But they will raise a smile or ring true. Twain was not only a great teller of stories, he was a collector of
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I discovered him as a kid in my grandparents' library. They had a copy of Tom Sawyer, and I've been reading him ever since. It's interesting to read him now because before I just thought "funny," and sometimes adventurous, but now I have a sense for how some things really ticked him off, which is also funny in its way, and a bit more personal. Not every piece in the collection is a winner, but he's always enjoyable to read because he's such a skilled writer. You can always feel his mind at work, ...more
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Recommends it for: Anyone.
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Endearing. Extremely funny. Much material of a serious nature is attacked by Twain's caustic wit. We need an observer of humanity like him today. He'd skewer the celebrities, sports stars and politicians and show them as naked as a plucked chicken on a spit.
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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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