The Complete Essays of Mark Twain

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Mark Twain is best known as one of this country's finest humorists and novelists. As this collection confirms, he was one of our finest essayists as well. Gathered here in a single volume, these pieces reveal the complete range of this esteemed American writer and contain some of his best, funniest, and most caustic work. "English as She Is Taught," "What Is Man?," and "Letters to Satan" are among the seventy-seven essays, each featuring Twain's witty, vital, colorful style—and reminding us why, nearly one ...

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Overview

Mark Twain is best known as one of this country's finest humorists and novelists. As this collection confirms, he was one of our finest essayists as well. Gathered here in a single volume, these pieces reveal the complete range of this esteemed American writer and contain some of his best, funniest, and most caustic work. "English as She Is Taught," "What Is Man?," and "Letters to Satan" are among the seventy-seven essays, each featuring Twain's witty, vital, colorful style—and reminding us why, nearly one hundred years after his death, he continues to be one of the most widely read and beloved of all American authors.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The Twains meet here in this duo of nonfiction goodies published in 1963 and 1984, respectively. Twain was equally at home in fiction and nonfiction, and this material can rival his best stories for humor and style. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306809576
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2000
  • Pages: 732
  • Sales rank: 1,445,478
  • Product dimensions: 1.61 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Twain

Charles Neider is a noted literary critic, editor, and novelist. His many books as editor include Washington Irving’s George Washington: A Biography, The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of Mark Twain, The Great West: A Treasury of Firsthand Accountsand The Complete Short Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson. The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, The Autobiography of Mark Twain. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (real name); Sieur Louis de Conte
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1835
    2. Place of Birth:
      Florida, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      April 21, 1910
    2. Place of Death:
      Redding, Connecticut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    He will make you laugh

    Arguably America's greatest comic writer Twain's humor is richly displayed in this collection. He is not as deep as Emerson or Thoreau but he is crankily more down- to - earth and human . His obsessions with business, invention,writing, and the nature of human nature are pleasurably apparent in these essays. And so is the fact that aside from being a great writer he was a very caring father and decent human - being. His sympathy for the Jewish people is something which I find especially heartwarming. There may be much in these essays which tastes like popcorn but then as one of the first great American entertainers popcorn may not be all that bad. Few are the writers who can make you laugh out loud, and this genius who could speak in so many different American dialects and voices is certainly among the best of them.

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  • Posted January 8, 2012

    Highly Recommended if you like Mark Twain!

    Love Twain's humor. Great book.

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