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The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

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This comprehensive volume of all of Twain's shorter works is representative of his vast humor and wit. "The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain" includes the following tales: The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Story of the Bad Little Boy, Cannibalism in the Cars, A Day at Niagara, Legend of the Capitoline Venus, Journalism in Tennessee, A Curious Dream, T ...more
Hardcover, 690 pages
Published November 6th 1997 by Amereon House (first published January 1st 1957)
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Mohammed
Apr 18, 2016 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لن أدفع سنتا واحدا على نظام التنبيه ضد السرقة، وسأشرح لك السبب. كنت قد ادخرت مبلغا من المال بنية التبرع لحملات هداية الظالين، ولكن زوجتي اقترحت شراء إنذار ضد السرقة، فوافقت على ذلك. وهذا مانسميه تسوية. عندما أريد شيئا وتريد زوجتي غيره، نفعل ماترغب هي به وندعوها تسوية.


المهم، استدعينا خبيرا من نيويورك لتركيب الجهاز، وتقاضى مايربو على الثلاثمائة دولار. وأكد لنا أننا سننام في أمان من ذلك اليوم فصاعدا. وذلك ماحدث لبضعة أشهر حتى استيقظنا في أحد الليالي على رائحة دخان تبدو صادرة من الدور الأول. أشعلت ش
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Kurt
Feb 23, 2013 Kurt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kurt by: Amazon Vine
(I wrote a positive review for the Amazon Vine program because the Amazon community tends to leave harsh comments on negative reviews, but this Goodreads review will highlight all of the good points I honestly shared.. with more balance on how bad the bad parts were)

Seriously, this is over 700 pages of folksy humor and wisdom. No one needs that much Mark Twain except serious scholars, and the rest of us will be fine flipping through this and enjoying a few stories before displaying it on a shelf
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Peter
Dec 05, 2008 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: humor, fantasy, classic
To be honest, this was sort of a "desperation" book; one of many that I've picked up from the three for a dollar room at the Boston Book Annex, which is down the street.

At three for a buck I can pick up all sorts of odd books that I wouldn't normally try. The Twain book doesn't really fall into that category, of course; I've read a fair amount of Twain. But the thing about this edition was that it was over 600 pages long with small type; it was very compact.

Anyway, I grabbed the Twain collection
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Martin
**This is a review for the Everyman's Library hardcover edition, with an introduction by Adam Gopnik.

I don't know if it's because I'm Canadian and Mark Twain is more an American staple, but I'd never really been exposed to his work. I know of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, but by name only. So I figured reading this collection of short stories would give me a good idea of Mark Twain as a writer.

That said, the 60 stories collected are mostly of the comedy genre, some being downright irreverent.
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Patra
Mar 23, 2011 Patra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
All of Mark Twain's stories read all at once was a bit too much. He is so sarcastic that after reading one story after another you begin to feel this negative vibe for the world. Some of his short stories standing on their own were excellent. I enjoyed, A Day at Niagara, Journalism in Tennessee, A Medieval Romance and Buck Fanshaw's Funeral to name a few. Most of the ones I enjoyed, were written early on in Mark Twain's career. My least favorites came at the end when he seemed to become so negat ...more
Spencer
Dec 30, 2015 Spencer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Last January I made a list of books I wanted to read this year. I came to the realization that I was pretty much in the dark when it came to Twain's short stories. December rolled around and I had still not tackled this 814 page tome. Well, I finally did it!

This collection is conveniently arranged by date of publication, from 1865 through 1916, 6 years after his death. Haley's comet was visible from earth in 1835 when Samuel Clemens was born. It was next visible in 1910, the year he died. Some

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Jen Six
Oct 07, 2008 Jen Six rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was one of those rare people that had somehow never read an actual Twain book. I remember there was a man dressed as Twain who came to our school and did his one man show, that was about the length of my knowledge. My high school AP english teacher got me addicted to finding quotations and I started a binder for them after years of collecting and noticed quite a few were from Twain. So, finally, when my son was born, I went out and bought Huckberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer, but grabbed this book f ...more
Kathryn
Feb 22, 2012 Kathryn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I started reading this collection as my bedtime reading just after the start of the new year; it took me this long to read the book because Mark Twain wrote a lot of short fiction. I very much enjoyed my reading, and only wish that Twain had not become somewhat bitter as he grew older.

The Introduction to the volume, by Charles Neider, is rather dated (written in 1957), but a good preface to Twain’s writing. The stories begin, of course, with “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, and
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Alex Telander
Jan 29, 2013 Alex Telander rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For anyone who’s grown up in the United States, you’ve more than likely been exposed to Mark Twain in one form or another, whether it’s having read one or more of his books in high school, seeing a biographical story about him on TV, or hearing one of the many hundreds of references about him; to many his is the quintessential “Great American Author.” And just a little over a century after his passing, Everyman’s Library has released a beautiful hardcover edition collecting all of his short stor ...more
Patrick Oden
Apr 05, 2007 Patrick Oden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of good, witty, intelligent short stories
Shelves: fiction
One of the shames of literature in our era is that Mark Twain is primarily taught as and known for his novels, especially Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer. Now, I'll tell you straight, I found Tom Sawyer boring and Huck Finn almost unreadable. Twain was a decent novelist. His travel nonfiction books are better. He was an amazing short story writer. If you haven't read Twain's short stories you are missing out on his true brilliance, insight, wit, and ability. "Some Learned Fables, For Good Old Boys And ...more
Jeff Beland
Apr 29, 2015 Jeff Beland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor-satire
I have loved Mark Twains stories for a long as I can remember. I absolutely love is collection. There's only one story that I couldn't really get into and that's Mysterious Stranger. I highly recommend buying two copies one for yourself to read over and over and another one to loan out. I've convinced many people who told me they didn't like Twain because of the stories they had to read in school to give him another try by having them read The Diary of Adam and Eve, the Story of the Good Little ...more
Ea Solinas
Apr 28, 2015 Ea Solinas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Twain was a pretty versatile author, writing everything from the story of Huck Finn to a time-traveling Arthurian satire.

And in addition to writing articles, novels and travelogues, he wrote a lot of short stories. Everyman's Library's "The Complete Short Stories" brings together all of Twain's short works, from the sublime to the sublimely ridiculous (there's a story called "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"!).

The stories include stories of Jim Smiley and his trained frog, t
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Aaron Dietz
Jan 28, 2015 Aaron Dietz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One story in here should be mandatory reading--It was creepy on many levels. But solidly disturbing for those who are grappling with simulated reality issues.

The rest of this volume is what you would expect: Mark Twain telling his absurd stories and some of those stories being riotously funny and some of them rather dull, while others are incredibly genius (if not also funny) and still others use some rather dated language (I had to Google "lap robe," for example).

But the one piece that shined a
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Jared
Jan 12, 2016 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! I only need read 3 more books and I'd have read his complete works! Woot!

Now I leave you with a harmless lyric:
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Conductor, when you receive a fare,
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare,
A buff trip slip for a six-cent fare,
A pink trip slip for a three-cent fare,
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
CHORUS
Punch, brothers! punch with care!
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
Sandra Strange
Apr 29, 2010 Sandra Strange rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
What a range--from fun adventure to humorous, gently satirical stories, to bitingly bitter pieces from a "pen warmed up in hell" ! These stories really show Twain in all of his moods, and are really fun reading.
Margaret Everett
May 11, 2009 Margaret Everett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anyone
I have read this book several times. It is undoubtedly the funniest book I have ever read (parts of it)
I would lay in bed crying it was so funny. The same thing when I read it the second time.
Danny Marcalo
How can you comment on such a huge body of work? I appreciate Twains witty writing, which has a tendency to be a little sentimental at times. This is just as true for this anthology. Some of the stories are really funny, others more sentimental. Some are easy to read, others are just plain boring. Among the stories I liked were "The 30,000 Dollar Bequest", "The Belated Russian Passport", especially "Cannibalism in the Cars", "A True Story", because of its language, "Some Learned Fables for Good ...more
Amanda Marshall
Nov 09, 2009 Amanda Marshall rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Mark Twains' wit. The way he spins sarcasm and humor makes him one of my favorite writers of all time. I would love to have met this great man!
Jane Bozman
Apr 24, 2012 Jane Bozman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a set of these stories passed down from my great grandfather--the COMPLETE in this title is one of Twain's clever little jokes.
Liz
Mar 04, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mark Twain's mind must have been a crazy place. The characters he invented are all eccentric and over-the-top. This collection of stories is not quite complete - it's missing a few - but it has all of the most popular stories.

Each story is a little bit fantastic. The bantering, accented dialogue sounds so real that it's hard to believe that all of the characters and their distinctive voices came from one man's mind. My favorites are What Stumped the Blue Jays, The Diary of Adam and Eve, 1,000,00
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Mya
Sep 06, 2013 Mya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
classic tale but writing has disoriented anyway
An Odd1
Dec 01, 2013 An Odd1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fan
When newspapers serials sell by "continues ..", authors yank up guffaws, groans, titters, tears, tack on more, and more. Start silly #54 "My father was a St Bernard, my mother was a colllie, but I am a Presbyterian" p 489. End sad "the humble little friend is gone where go the beasts that perish 1903" p 497. Begin #51 with an abused wife, add bloodhound specially-abled son who writes her letters of vengeance, push chase over the edge of cliff onto wrong target, slap on Sherlock Holmes, string hi ...more
Bojan Tunguz
May 09, 2013 Bojan Tunguz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is hard to write a review of a book by one of the most famous writers of all time (in any language), especially since literally criticism is not exactly my forte. So I’ll try to make this review brief.

Mark Twain is best known for his long novels, especially Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, but he was also a master of that quintessentially American genre of short story writing. Some of the stories in this collection are indeed masterpieces, and have for years been included in most short ficti
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Nick
Oct 19, 2007 Nick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who loves to read a short 20 minute story
so far the book has had some weird stories but they are all completely understandable. they have had some very interesting stories. in the first story i had read, the title had given me a bit of a hint as to what the story was to be about. it had contained the word cannibal, which had me a little shocked but i had read on knowing that it would be a good story because it was written by mark twain. as the story unfolds i am hinted to the fact that people are being sacrificed i beleive for just on ...more
Beth Beauvais
May 11, 2014 Beth Beauvais rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I particularly enjoyed "The Story of a Good Boy" and "The Diary of Adam and Eve". I read this book as a teen. I picked stories at random and didn't feel compelled to read it through. In the meantime I read other books and would come back to this collection as I liked. That way I didn't suffer from overload and could enjoy it at my leisure. There's no rule requiring you to read a collection of short stories or poems in order front to back. Have fun. Mix it up. Enjoy at your own pace. :)
richard m.
Aug 16, 2013 richard m. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the most difficult reading I have encountered. I would not recommend this volume.
I must assume Twain practiced writing through his short stories. His quality results are his novels.

Although many stories started with what seemed like a clever or novel premise, most short stories fell short in development, wandered away from the main theme, or became overly wordy in making a point - often many times over. One other difficulty was following his dialogue. Twain can go on for pages without a
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Bob Paterson-watt
First read this collection in university and have re-read it twice since. I love the fact that this collection takes us through Twain's development as a writer and experience as a person from early days through old age. The shift from whimsical, light-hearted satire to the the far darker and aggressive cultural criticism is a journey of hundreds of pages and more than 40 years. The contrast from start to finish is striking, but feels a natural progression.
Tim Stiller
May 06, 2014 Tim Stiller rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain" is a very entertaining read. You get a whopping 60 stories by the master. Highlights for me included the classic "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", "A Story Without an End", "The Stolen White Elephant", "The Story of the Good Little Boy"... I could go on but you get that it's great and will provide a pleasant reading experience. Recommended.
Nathan
Jan 06, 2012 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a lot of fun to read, although many of the stories I had already read in "The Mysterious Stranger and Other Tales" and "The Bible According to Mark Twain."

My only complaint about this is that the stories are presented as chronologically as possible - which is all well and good, but as Twain got older and his writing progressed, he also got more and more bitter. So, as a read, it starts off hilarious and fun and light-hearted and then, about halfway through, the stories start getting mor
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Eric Trautmiller
I haven't actually read all of Twain's short stories, but I've read a bunch of them and thus far they've all amused me.

I'm not really a classics guy, but Twain is one of the exceptions. He's witty and engaging, but can also be visceral and insightful. His writing style is the opposite of the painful verbosity many older works exude.

Twain. Good stuff. Read.
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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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