The complete works of Mark Twain [NOOK Book]

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Volume: 1
Publisher: New York : Harper
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The complete works of Mark Twain

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Volume: 1
Publisher: New York : Harper
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940017215975
  • Publisher: New York : Harper & Brothers
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 909 KB

Meet the Author

Mark Twain
Riverboat pilot, journalist, failed businessman (several times over): Samuel Clemens -- the man behind the figure of “Mark Twain” -- led many lives. But it was in his novels and short stories that he created a voice and an outlook on life that will be forever identified with the American character.

Biography

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri; his family moved to the port town of Hannibal four years later. His father, an unsuccessful farmer, died when Twain was eleven. Soon afterward the boy began working as an apprentice printer, and by age sixteen he was writing newspaper sketches. He left Hannibal at eighteen to work as an itinerant printer in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. From 1857 to 1861 he worked on Mississippi steamboats, advancing from cub pilot to licensed pilot.

After river shipping was interrupted by the Civil War, Twain headed west with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to the Nevada Territory. Settling in Carson City, he tried his luck at prospecting and wrote humorous pieces for a range of newspapers. Around this time he first began using the pseudonym Mark Twain, derived from a riverboat term. Relocating to San Francisco, he became a regular newspaper correspondent and a contributor to the literary magazine the Golden Era. He made a five-month journey to Hawaii in 1866 and the following year traveled to Europe to report on the first organized tourist cruise. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867) consolidated his growing reputation as humorist and lecturer.

After his marriage to Livy Langdon, Twain settled first in Buffalo, New York, and then for two decades in Hartford, Connecticut. His European sketches were expanded into The Innocents Abroad (1869), followed by Roughing It (1872), an account of his Western adventures; both were enormously successful. Twain's literary triumphs were offset by often ill-advised business dealings (he sank thousands of dollars, for instance, in a failed attempt to develop a new kind of typesetting machine, and thousands more into his own ultimately unsuccessful publishing house) and unrestrained spending that left him in frequent financial difficulty, a pattern that was to persist throughout his life.

Following The Gilded Age (1873), written in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner, Twain began a literary exploration of his childhood memories of the Mississippi, resulting in a trio of masterpieces --The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), on which he had been working for nearly a decade. Another vein, of historical romance, found expression in The Prince and the Pauper (1882), the satirical A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), while he continued to draw on his travel experiences in A Tramp Abroad (1880) and Following the Equator (1897). His close associates in these years included William Dean Howells, Bret Harte, and George Washington Cable, as well as the dying Ulysses S. Grant, whom Twain encouraged to complete his memoirs, published by Twain's publishing company in 1885.

For most of the 1890s Twain lived in Europe, as his life took a darker turn with the death of his daughter Susy in 1896 and the worsening illness of his daughter Jean. The tone of Twain's writing also turned progressively more bitter. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), a detective story hinging on the consequences of slavery, was followed by powerful anti-imperialist and anticolonial statements such as 'To the Person Sitting in Darkness' (1901), 'The War Prayer' (1905), and 'King Leopold's Soliloquy' (1905), and by the pessimistic sketches collected in the privately published What Is Man? (1906). The unfinished novel The Mysterious Stranger was perhaps the most uncompromisingly dark of all Twain's later works. In his last years, his financial troubles finally resolved, Twain settled near Redding, Connecticut, and died in his mansion, Stormfield, on April 21, 1910.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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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 January 31, 2011

    Entire Collection

    Not sure what the other reviewer is talking about, but this collection is complete.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    No, it's not complete.

    Where's "The War Prayer"? "Letters from the Earth"? "The United States of Lyncherdom"? "The Lowest Animal"? This is The Complete, Warm-and-Fuzzy, Feel-Good, Safely Innocuous Works of Mark Twain (where we all left off in elementary school). All of his edgy, controversial stuff -- i.e., his best work -- is conspicuously absent. This deserves at least three stars because what's here is good AS FAR AS IT GOES, but I have to penalize it by at least one star on principle. I'd like to think Mr. Clemens would agree.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 22, 2011

    Very poor layout

    The book is wonderful Twain at his best. The nook version is not so wonderful. On my nook version 2 there is no way to control font size and it seems to be set as large as it will go.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    completely satisfied

    i found the table of contents intuitive and very easy to navigate. i haven't opened up every single story to make sure it's there yet, but the several that i did click through to opened fine and the formatting was great. i'm super stoked to have all of these amazing stories -- twain is a genius.

    TIP: if you find yourself on a blank page, just keeping clicking through with the forward button until the page appears.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2012

    Fabulous buy. Enough Twain to keep you busy for a year. Includes

    Fabulous buy. Enough Twain to keep you busy for a year. Includes his classics and many of his short essays highlighting his unmatched humor. The negative comments about navigating this book are bogus. Simply use the Nook table of contents rather than the table at the front of the book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Unreadable

    This is a scanned document and is unfortunately unreadable

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    This book is a complete fraud!

    It is a cheap reprint of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. There is NO OTHER CONTENT. The book has a beautiful slick cover, but cheap paper and is not one of the volumes of a larger collection. It is simply an overpriced copy of a public domain work with deceptive marketing. Shame on Nabu Press for publishing it and shame on Barnes & Noble for carrying it on their web site!

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2012

    Recommended highly.

    I haven't read ALL, but enjoying it immensely!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2012

    It is all there. Great

    This is really a bargain. I've been reading all kinds Mark Twain stories and love 'em. Before, I had to hold my 3-inch anthology with great difficulty. Now, only the Nook. Who could ask for anything more?

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  • Posted July 23, 2012

    Where is our Mark Twain!

    I have always been fascinated by the incredible mind and thought process that Mr. Clemens brings to his craft. His political analysis of the character of man in the 1860's forward resonates loudly today.
    This collection of all the works of Mark Twain is a treausre, it allows the reader to take a lifetime journey with a man who saw the greatness and foibles of humankind. This book may be the best 5,400 plus 99 cent purchase you'll ever make.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2011

    Love it

    I remember these stories when i was young. Fun to read again. Just wish it had ALL of his work.

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