Letters From the Earth [NOOK Book]

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This is the COMPLETE EDITION of the original Letters From the Earth! In includes all of the Author's footnotes and images!

Mark Twain considered this story was too controversial for publication and would never be published. He wrote that observation to a friend in 1909. This gem of a story has been freed ...
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Letters From the Earth

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Overview

This is the COMPLETE EDITION of the original Letters From the Earth! In includes all of the Author's footnotes and images!

Mark Twain considered this story was too controversial for publication and would never be published. He wrote that observation to a friend in 1909. This gem of a story has been freed from the murky shadows of censorship and restored to it's rightful place in American literature. All of it is vintage Twain, sharp, witty, imaginative, and sometimes wildly funny.

Table of Contents:
Letters From the Earth
Papers of the Adam Family
Letter to the Earth
A Cat-Tale
Cooper's Prose Style
Official Report to the I.I.A.S.
The Gorky Incident
Simplified Spelling
Something About Repentance
From an English Notebook
From the Manuscript of 'A TRAMP ABROAD: THE FRENCH AND THE COMANCHES'
From an Unfinished Burlesque of Books on Etiquette
The Damned Human Race
The Great Dark
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013462786
  • Publisher: Isabella DeCarlo
  • Publication date: 11/30/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 606,400
  • File size: 699 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2004

    Mark Twain uncensored

    Temporarily banned from Heaven, Satan spends a long celestial day on Earth and sends his friends St. Michael and St. Gabriel letters about his observations of how God's experiment with the human race seems to be coming along. And, of course, Satan has the literary voice of Mark Twain at his cynical and iconoclastic best. C. S. Lewis much later tried a similar plot in his 'The Screwtape Letters' to push his theology. Twain's 'Letters from the Earth' is the better choice, especially if you're open to exposing and laughing at the hypocrisy of the overly pious.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 6, 2010

    Mark Twain on God

    Aging and approaching the river Ganges, Mark Twain writes about his thoughts on Christianity, the church, Satan and the heavenly entourage, human nature, and God. The only one of those he doesn't criticize, subjecting it to his own brand of critical thought, is the last one. And in true Mark Twain fashion, there are parts of this book that are hillarious, finding humor in the holy. However, it quickly descends into writing that is clearly written when someone is in spiritual pain. Alone. And brave enough to stand there when he beleives anywhere else he's seen is a lie, a damn lie, or worse, a statistic. This is Mark Twain at his most dangerous. If anything did, this would earn him eternal damnation for his rejection of Orthodoxy, the popular beliefs of his time. But if you ever sat in a pew listening to a man of God teach the truth, and it left indigestion in your heart, then Letters from the Earth may be the cure.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2012

    Not impressed

    I guess I was expecting more. I thought it would have more humor. One reason to go to the store, and check out before purchasing. Had I done that, I would not have purchased the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    A hidden gem of classic literature

    This is a great satire, a well written story of the biblical angels and one of Twain's lesser known works. It's a great deal on Nook and hard to find anywhere else.

    For Twain fans, fans of good, classic literature, and probably atheists too.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 26, 2009

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    Twain Tackles Theology

    Mark Twain brings his trademark wisdom and wit to the realm of philosophy and particularly religion in this collection of writings. The main set of stories takes Lucifer's point of view. He has been temporarily exiled from heaven for failing to praise God for his latest creation, life. Instead of being sent to hell, Lucifer is forced to live amongst man. The story unfolds as he retells the "true" history of man in various letters to his friends in heaven. While this may be one of Twain's funniest stories, it is also one of his most intellectually stimulating. After every one of Lucifer's letters in which he'd point out some hypocrisy or humorous religious rule I found myself deep in thought. This is the kind of book that when you are finished laughing you will suddenly find yourself saying, "Wow, he's right!" Assuming you're not offended by anything that pokes fun at Christianity this book is for everyone. The humor is more in the form of gentle wit and is never derogatory towards Christianity. I've read everything from Nieztche to Satre and in the end Twain rings the most true.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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