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Mark Twain: The Humor of Mark Twain

Mark Twain: The Humor of Mark Twain

by Mark Twain, Thomas Becker (Read by)

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-From "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to "The Burglar Alarm," Thomas Becker's delivery of Mark Twain's stories will delight and amuse listeners. Becker, a Shakespearean actor, adopts a slight Midwestern twang, which creates a highly enjoyable and credible presentation, as though the author himself were reading his own work. There are no sound effects or music between the stories, and the writer's own words carry the presentation. For the most part, this recording's success is the result of Becker's dramatic reading ability, which is nicely understated yet totally effective and appropriate. The other stories included here are: "The Story of the Old Ram," "What Stumped the Blue Jays," "Tom Quartz," "Cannibalism in the Cars," "The Facts in the Great Beef Contract," "Journalism in Tennessee, "Punch, Brothers, Punch," and "The McWilliamses with Membranous Group." The double-CD set is attractively packaged in a fold-out case with the CDs enclosed in plastic envelopes. There is no biographical information on the reader, and chronological information for each story is omitted as well. Nevertheless, these stories are among Twain's finest and are sure to please students rediscovering a piece of American heritage. Teachers will find this high quality recording a useful tool for introducing the work of a truly remarkable author to a new generation.-Celeste Steward, Contra Costa County Library, Clayton, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:
Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:
Redding, Connecticut

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