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Overview

The Portable Mark Twain by Mark Twain

The Portable Mark Twain brings together a delightful assembly of Twain's favorite and most representative writings. This volume, edited and with an introduction by Bernard De Voto, includes Huckleberry Finn and The Mysterious Stranger, both in their entirety; substantial selections from a Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Pudd'nhead Wilson, Old Times on the Mississippi, A Tramp Abroad, and other works; letters (some never before published); essays, including 'Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses'; and the famous story 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.'

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140150209
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 03/01/1977
Series: Viking Portable Library Series
Pages: 802
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.72(h) x 1.43(d)

About 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.”

Tom Quirk is the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is the editor of the Penguin Classics editions of Mark Twain's Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches (1994) and Ambrose Bierce's Tales of Soldiers and Civilians and Other Stories (2000) and co-editor of The Portable American Realism Reader (1997). His other books include Coming to Grips with Huckleberry Finn (1993), Mark Twain: A Study of the Short Fiction (1997) and Nothing Abstract: Investigations in the American Literary Imagination (2001).

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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