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Mark Twain Tonight!

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What began as a college honors project became one of the most successful one-man shows in history. Hal Holbrook's uncanny interpretation of the brilliant, cantankerous Mark Twain, developed from meticulous research into the writer's speech & mannerisms, has wowed audiences & critics since 1959. This recording presents the best selections from the show. Drawn from a ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published 1967 by Pyramid Books (NY) (first published 1959)
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Daniel Currie
Oct 03, 2014 Daniel Currie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As expected, this is a witty and very enjoyable collection. Probably a bit less successful during the parts he is reading from his books. but still well worth a listen.
Erik Graff
Apr 22, 2012 Erik Graff rated it it was amazing
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Having heard selections on WFMT's "Midnight Special" program, Dad picked up the two-record edition of Mark Twain Tonight back when I was still in the public schools, playing it often for himself to begin with, then with guests as an excuse. Now they sit on my bookshelf.

The contents of the recording and of this book consist of excerpts from Twain's speaking tours later in life. The material is well chosen, the humor holding up well. If you can, pick up the recording, now available on CD.
Etta Mcquade
Jan 03, 2011 Etta Mcquade rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this in paperback when John and I were in Hannibal, Missouri, in 1973 at the Becky Thatcher Book Shop. I've loved the book because Hal Holbrook, actor, has taken some of the best of Mark Twain's writing to perform for television. It's also amazing that Hal Holbrook looks a good deal like Mark Twain and sounds the way I think Mark Twain would sound. I understand he is still performing. Exerpts from Hal Holbrook an be found on you-tube.
Mar 27, 2008 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think what I'm listening to is actually the best of Hal Holbrook Mark Twain Tonight.
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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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