The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Stories

by Mark Twain, Norman Dietz, Paula Christensen
     
 

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A much celebrated jumping frog, the lack of literature in a gold mining town, and castaways who eat their shoes to survive are among the stories contained in this volume. The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County brings to life the wild American West in the light and humorous spirit of Mark Twain’s early work. His first important work to have been

Overview

A much celebrated jumping frog, the lack of literature in a gold mining town, and castaways who eat their shoes to survive are among the stories contained in this volume. The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County brings to life the wild American West in the light and humorous spirit of Mark Twain’s early work. His first important work to have been published, the sketches arrived too late to be included in an edition on the Wild West by Artemus Ward, appearing instead in the New York Saturday Press in 1865 and launching the solid foundation of his fame and fortune. Mark Twain helped create and popularize American themes and language and is now one of America's most enduring voices in literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556906480
Publisher:
Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date:
10/28/1992
Edition description:
Unabridged
Age Range:
14 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental-and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."

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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