A Dog's Tale

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Mark Twain is best known for his novels and short stories. Twain uses his incredible whit to depict life in America. His books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have been read by school children for generations. His life on the Mississippi River has peeked the imagination of boys to go and build a raft and sail off into unknown adventures. An excerpt from the humorous account reads," My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian. This is what my mother told me, I do not know these ...
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Mark Twain is best known for his novels and short stories. Twain uses his incredible whit to depict life in America. His books Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have been read by school children for generations. His life on the Mississippi River has peeked the imagination of boys to go and build a raft and sail off into unknown adventures. An excerpt from the humorous account reads," My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian. This is what my mother told me, I do not know these nice distinctions myself. To me they are only fine large words meaning nothing. My mother had a fondness for such; she liked to say them, and see other dogs look surprised and envious, as wondering how she got so much education. But, indeed, it was not real education; it was only show: she got the words by listening in the dining-room and drawing-room when there was company, and by going with the children to Sunday-school and listening there; and whenever she heard a large word she said it over to herself many times, and so was able to keep it until there was a dogmatic gathering in the neighborhood, then she would get it off, and surprise and distress them all, from pocket-pup to mastiff, which rewarded her for all her trouble."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781290770576
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2012
  • Pages: 58
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Twain
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".
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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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