Greatest Works of Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee, Pudd'nhead Wilson, Joan of Arc, The Mysterious Stranger & Complete Novels [NOOK Book]

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Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This collection includes his complete novels, where appear beloved characters as Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, the Prince and the Pauper, Buffalo Bill, Sherlock Holmes and the "Mysterious Stranger". Complete novels: The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ...
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Greatest Works of Mark Twain: Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee, Pudd'nhead Wilson, Joan of Arc, The Mysterious Stranger & Complete Novels

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Overview

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835–1910), better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This collection includes his complete novels, where appear beloved characters as Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, the Prince and the Pauper, Buffalo Bill, Sherlock Holmes and the "Mysterious Stranger". Complete novels: The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today (1873), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), The Prince and the Pauper (1881), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), The American Claimant (1892), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896), Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), A Double Barrelled Detective Story (With Sherlock holmes) (1902), A Horse's Tale (1907), The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781471647888
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 3/27/2012
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 598,615
  • File size: 3 MB

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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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Mark Twain is Mark Twain. He is, as always, a very readable, cl

    Mark Twain is Mark Twain. He is, as always, a very readable, classic American author. I would give him and the contents of this Nook book at least four stars. My two-star ("below average") review is based on format only. There is no table of contents in this Nook edition, meaning you cannot click on a title to jump to a book. Instead, you must execute a search-by-title function to move from book to book, or jump-to-page blindly as there is nothing to tell you where one book ends and another starts. If having to move between books by this roundabout method doesn't bother you, then this edition is fine. The contents are good. Personally, however, knowing what I know now, I would give this version a miss and buy one with a user-friendly active table of contents.

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  • Posted June 29, 2012

    Hey, it's Mark Twain

    There can be no question why Mark Twain is considered one of the foremost American authors. His stories are timeless, entertaining, and full of twists and turns. Love having this collection on my nook to be my companion.

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