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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfe ...more
Hardcover, 1126 pages
Published November 1st 1982 by Library of America
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Nick
This review only covers the "Life on the Mississipi" portion of this edition.

A great book of memoirs of Twain's years as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi, before levees and dredging and electric lights to guide boat pilots on their frequent voyages up and down the river. After becoming a famous author, Twain returned to the Mississippi (incognito at first) to learn how much things had changed in the 20-odd years he'd spent since his tour of duty on the river. The pilots of his day had to mem
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April
Jul 05, 2016 April rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary story-telling and writing. Like any good writer, Mark Twain brings you into the story and environment of his characters. This book was interestingly bound and printed on paper like that of a Bible--the pages were extremely thin and therefore the publishers could fit over 1,100 pages into a relatively slim volume.

Out of the four writings in the book, I'd only read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn before in middle school and maybe only just a few chapters into it. Of course, it wa
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Oct 28, 2009 Dee Renee Chesnut rated it it was amazing
I had myself called with the four o'clock watch, mornings, for one cannot see too many summer sunrises on the Mississippi. They are enchanting. First, there is the eloquence of silence; for a deep hush broods everywhere. Next, there is the haunting sense of loneliness, isolation, remoteness from the worry and bustle of the world. The dawn creeps in stealthily; the solid walls of black forest to gray, and vast stretches of the river open up and reveal themselves; the water is glass smooth, gives
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Keith
May 19, 2013 Keith rated it really liked it
Shelves: partial-read
This volume, clearly, deserves at least four stars for the presence of Huckleberry Finn. So far, though, I've only (re)read Life on the Mississippi.


Life on the Mississippi (08/13)
** This book is legion. There are so many vignettes and tales and stories, it’s hard to make anything of it. It occurred to me that I have never read a travelogue, so maybe this is normal. I found it tiring.

The first part of the book is the best – Twain’s recollections of being a cub pilot and his experiences on the ri
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Maria
Jan 14, 2009 Maria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Actually I got all four of these books from Librivox.com as audiobooks. It was the first time I had read Life on the Mississippi and The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson, the second time I had read Tom Sawyer, and the third time I had read Huckleberry Finn. Now that I have lived on the Mississippi river for 35 years, they all had more meaning. My favorite was Life on the Mississippi. The other three were uncomfortable books written about slave days in Missouri by someone who had witnessed them first ...more
Chuck
Mar 12, 2010 Chuck rated it it was amazing
It would be absurd to "review" these classics. I suppose that I read at least some of them in childhood, but if so they have dimmed to oblivion through the years; consequently they are well worth a revisit many decades later. Sure the racism of Twain's era is contained therein, but if you can get past the "N-word", there are actually many moments of social enlightenment to be found in these texts. Social commentary aside, Twain's story-telling powers are unrivaled, and the sense of adventure ret ...more
Paul Jellinek
Oct 23, 2010 Paul Jellinek rated it really liked it
Hadn't read this one (Tom Sawyer) since childhood, and it is a whole different experience reading it as an adult. The plot is a little clumsy at times, but the writing is a hoot from start to finish. I look forward to re-reading the other books in this volume.
William
I'd read it when I was young. I didn't get it back then. I really don't like the ending, unsatisfactory.
Nate
Jan 26, 2010 Nate rated it it was amazing
Life on the Mississippi isn't really my cup of tea, but Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn are excellent. I didn't read Pudd'nhead Wilson.
Karen
Jun 22, 2012 Karen is currently reading it
So far I have finished The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It was neat to read this after about 30+ years.
Kurt Zisa
Jan 17, 2014 Kurt Zisa rated it really liked it
Great collection of Twains most famous works - all centered around the ever powerful Mississippi river.
Martin
Jul 26, 2008 Martin is currently reading it
Finished Tom Sawyer folks. Delightful little yarn. I'll tackle Huckleberry after the spooky reading season.
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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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