Dog's Tale

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This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet experienced these literary masterworks. For those who have known and loved these works in the past, this is an invitation to reunite with old friends in a fresh new format. From Shakespeare's finesse to Oscar Wilde's wit, this unique collection brings together works as diverse and influential as The Pilgrim's Progress and Othello. As an anthology that invites readers to immerse themselves in the masterpieces of the literary giants, it is must-have addition to any library.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781289410087
  • Publisher: Nabu Press
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Pages: 52
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Twain (1835 -1910) 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 worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling. He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty. However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility. Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".

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.

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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 June 4, 2012

    Kyle says........

    Human beings are truly lower than ANY dog. Great, yet very sad story.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Adorable

    A lovely quaint little tale about a heroic dog.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2012

    Charming little 12-page story; the end sort of makes you loathe

    Charming little 12-page story; the end sort of makes you loathe humanity.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2012

    Gutwrenching horriible story but beautifully written

    Shocked by the ending

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Good

    Awsome

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    So sad!

    I won't ruin the book, but it has a sad ending. It was an interesting and well-written story, however, and I enjoyed it. It was a good ten-minute read.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2011

    When mark twain introduced the main characters.

    I thought this book was ok. It was a little confusing though.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

    First Mark Twain read for me

    Amazing!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2014

    I would like to know why there is not many free dogs story I hop

    I would like to know why there is not many free dogs story I hope someday there will be a
    free book on ladies the collie

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2014

    Good book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2014

    Please tap here

    I need a freind if you want a freind please contact me by writing rock thank you

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2013

    It seems sad :( im going to cry

    Sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad sad

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2013

    Charming, witty, and touching.

    Short and sweet story about the life of a dog, serving as a sort of parable of the inhumanity of man and the humanity of the "dumb brutes".

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    You know what Twain was refering to, right.

    "Dog" refers to a black slave, and not the aculal four leged beast. This, Twain was writing a hidden, anit-slavery story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    not a classic

    I wasn't impressed with Twain's writing for this tale.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2013

    Great

    I fell in love with this dog right away

    so cute

    so sad

    Mark twain was such a fabulous writer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2012

    Rated by Sam!

    This is a great book! A little confusing, though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    What is this book about

    What happens in this book written by the famous mark twain

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Havent read it never will

    I aint the kind of person who reads classixs yall

    0 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

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