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Mark Twain's San Francisco

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This book's time span is from the fall of 1863, when Twain began frequently making the coach trip from Virginia City down to San Francisco and contributing to San Francisco journals, to December, 1866 when he left the city to embark on the voyages out of which he would make The Innocents Abroad. The editor's purpose was to present here simply the voice of Twain as it was t ...more
Hardcover, 1st, 264 pages
Published 1963 by McGraw-Hill
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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 29, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humor
This is a good collection of short pieces Twain wrote while he was a newspaper reporter in San Francisco from 1863-1866. They show the development of his humor and writing style before his more famous novels.

I particularly liked the following pieces in this collection: Earthquake Almanac, Graceful Compliment (about receiving his first income tax collection notice from the IRS), Thief-Catching (about detectives on the police force), Spirit of the Local Press (about being a news reporter), The Bl
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 s

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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