Mark Twain: Selected Writings of an American Skeptic / Edition 1

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Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) commands an important place in the public mind. Many Americans feel a natural and easy identification with this popular literary figure. Twain's humor, his wit, and his social concern endear him to countless Americans who think of him as "one of us."

For the general reader, this collection provides a convenient resource that will spark many debates. It will convince scholars of American literature that Clemens was a skeptic for most of his life.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879759728
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 1
  • Sales rank: 1,562,944
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Subversive Mark Twain
Introduction: Mark Twain, American Doubter 1
I Early Writings and Travel Literature 15
Juvenilia and Early Journalism 16
The Innocents Abroad 23
Roughing It 75
II A Serious Comedian 105
Sketches New and Old 105
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 124
A Tramp Abroad 135
A Short Story: "Edward Mills and George Benton" 141
The Prince and the Pauper 146
III Prime Twain 153
Life on the Mississippi 153
Gerhardt Letter 222
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 224
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court 241
The American Claimant 275
Tom Sawyer Abroad 279
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson 281
In Defense of Harriet Shelley 295
IV The Icy Perceptive Stare 303
Short Writings 303
The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc 324
Following the Equator 329
To the Person Sitting in Darkness 369
What Is Man? 373
Christian Science 378
V Letters 389
VI Posthumous Publications 413
A Word of Encouragement for Our Blushing Exiles 414
As Regards Patriotism 417
Bible Teaching and Religious Practice 419
The War Prayer 423
Corn-Pone Opinions 426
Letters from the Earth 430
Unpublished Autobiographical Dictation 443
Suggestions for Further Reading 449
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