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Mark Twain's San Francisco

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A collection of California writing by the master satirist accompanied by Edward Jump's lively illustrations.
Paperback, 263 pages
Published January 1st 2003 by Heyday Books (first published 1963)
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Frederick Gault
Some of the dispatches are very droll, such as the review of the Opera where Mark Twain lauds the work of the guy who moves the set furniture. Other stories are hard to access because Mark Twain was just finding his voice at the time he was in San Francisco (1864-66) and the language of the 19th Century is a bit obscure. If you are from San Francisco, or just love The City, this is a must read.
Aug 20, 2016 eigenvector rated it it was amazing
Each piece in this collection is over 150 years old, yet the fact that the majority of the content is still funny speaks to Mark Twain's talent. Does it mean that the content is still relevant today? Not necessarily, but I was surprised to discover that was in fact the case with 'Mark Twain's San Francisco.' Consider this from Mark Twain's piece on the treatment of a man arrested for petty theft:

Now when Ziele broke that poor wretch's skull the other night for stealing six bits' worth of flour

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So far so good--found this book at Adobe Book store in the Mission.
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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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