The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain

The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain

Mark Twain Lawrence I. Berkove Pete Hamill / Mar 31, 2020

The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain This unique collection of Twain s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author s vast imagination Featuring popular tales such as Jim Smiley and His Jumping

  • Title: The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain
  • Author: Mark Twain Lawrence I. Berkove Pete Hamill
  • ISBN: 9780812971187
  • Page: 112
  • Format: Paperback
  • This unique collection of Twain s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author s vast imagination Featuring popular tales such as Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written inThis unique collection of Twain s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author s vast imagination Featuring popular tales such as Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog and The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author s twilight years These selections illuminate the depth of Twain s artistry, humor, irony, and narrative genius.From the Trade Paperback edition.Jim Smiley and his jumping frog The story of the bad little boy who didn t come to grief Cannibalism in the cars Journalism in Tennessee The story of the good little boy who did not prosper How I edited an agricultural paper once Political ecoonomy A true story, repeated word for word as I heard it The facts concerning the recent carnival of crime in Connecticut Punch, brothers, punch Jim Baker s blue jay yarn The stolen white elephant The McWilliamses and the burglar alarm The private history of a campaign that failed Extracts from Adam s diary The man that corrupted Hadleyburg The 30,000 bequest Eve s diary Captain Stormfield s visit to heaven Letter from the recording angel The great dark The second advent Appendix War times Private history of the Jumping Frog story How to tell a story.

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      • Mark Twain Lawrence I. Berkove Pete Hamill

        Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.


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    1. A mix of comedy and some hard lessons about life, this was a fascinating set of short stories. Some of the stories seemed to be way ahead of their time with the eccentric sense of humor showing up way back in the 1860s. There was one story about a crazy newspaper editor that wanted to write stories about some of the inhabitants of the town to make them all sound like terrible people. It sounded just a little like some of William S. Burroughs works. The diaries of Adam and Eve were funny because [...]


    2. Mark Twain is truly one of America's greatest writers. Not only that, he was also a master raconteur in real life. It was actually he who first opened my interest to the study of human nature and psychology. Mark Twain, for me, feels like the very embodiment of what it is to be human. His life's triumphs and struggles, his books, his stories I truly wish he were my grandfather -- or father for that matter. I don't care. I absolutely love him.


    3. Some of these stories were really great. I didn't read every story, but here are some of my favorites. If you can only read one, I would go with "The Stolen White Elephant". It is absurd, ridiculous, and therefore hysterical. I also loved, "The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm", "Eve's Diary", "Extracts from Adam's Diary", and "The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg". If you read, "Punch, Brothers, Punch", beware that you run the risk of having it forever stuck in your head


    4. It takes a special kind of narrator to make an audiobook by Mark Twain almost boring, but Robin Field nearly manages it. To be fair, some of his voice characterizations when doing dialogue are quite good, but his straight narration is pretty dull. Still, Twain's writing is generally good enough that once you get accommodated to the lackluster reading after a couple of stories or so, you're able to just enjoy it on the strength of its own merits.[return][return]Included here are some of the stand [...]


    5. As a native Missourian, I've been raised to consider just about anything Mark Twain has ever written as good-as-gold. Though I tried to limit my Show-Me State bias, I have to admit that I genuinely loved the diaries of Adam and Eve; they are unique, charming, and really just beautiful stories. Also, "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper Once","The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm", and "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed" made me laugh out loud more than a few times (which was maybe a [...]


    6. 3.5 Short stories from the late 1800's--not my usual fare. I just wanted to listen to the Adam and Eve parts really, and those were definitely my fav; but I ended up sitting through them all. Many stories on mankind being human, and the frustrations of everyday life. I got his points early on in the stories, but some went on long after, really driving it home and then some. Anyway, most of the stories made me smile and I enjoyed hearing the different uses of words, a bit more formal language the [...]


    7. I listened to this as an audiobook and while I enjoyed it, I hate that I hear a refrain in my head on way too regular a basis. (Punch, brother, punch with care . . .)



    8. "Unique" is definitely a word to describe this collection of short stories. Ranging from the stock market to cannibalism, these stories are completely off the wall with just enough realism to make you read as if it was happening in real life. Fast paced, as short stories should be, this collection makes for an easy read.


    9. Twain, at his best, pointed out the folly of society with such humour that people could laugh at themselves while they laughed at the whole situation. There was a mischievous twinkle in his eye. But in later years what was mischievous became almost malevolent, and the twinkle disappeared. I am one of those who find the bitterness of some of the "dark stories", particularly The $30,000 Bequst to be so overwhelming as to be the spiteful rants of an old crank best avoided. Of particular interest to [...]


    10. While reading this I found myself thinking ridiculous understatements like "hey, this Mark Twain is pretty good!"But story after story in this collection offers something surprising. Even "Cannibalism in the Cars" managed to catch me off guard, even with cannibalism right in the title. "Political Economy" is completely different from what you'd imagine with that title and it's dry first paragraph. My favorite was probably "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed" which, like "Life On the M [...]


    11. Classic Mark Twain, but some were better than others. I enjoyed The story of the bad little boy who didn't come to grief, Journalism in Tennessee, The story of the good little boy who did not prosper, The McWilliamses and the burglar alarm, and others - some were very funny and/or insightful. Eve's diary, Extracts from Adam's diary, The man that corrupted Hadleyburg, The $30,000 bequest and some of the others definitely had some redeeming qualities, but they didn't move me as much. If I was read [...]


    12. side-splitting! Must reads: The Facts Concerning The Recent Carnival Of Crime In Connecticut (this is the one where Twain confronts his conscience), Excerpts from Adam's (the book of genesis fame) Diary, and the one where he has a burglar alarm installed in the house. side-splitting! Must reads: The Facts Concerning The Recent Carnival Of Crime In Connecticut (this is the one where Twain confronts his conscience), Excerpts from Adam's (the book of genesis fame) Diary, and the one where he has a [...]


    13. Most know Twain from his longer fiction and for his speeches but this collection of his short stories, I found, is essential reading. Like chinks in a Missouri log cabin, it will fill in the openings on the wall of understanding the master.The editor, Larry Berkove, explained to me the rationale behind the photograph on the cover--it was thought to show the whole truth of who Twain was, to get below the surface, that the long johns airing in the wind wound up exposed on the book's cover.


    14. Interesting collection of stories by a master storyteller. A joy to immerse onself in the beauty of a well-turned phrase, rich detail, subtle humor, and sarcastic pokes at politics and the privileged.That said, modern day readers will struggle with slow pacing and what we call today "overwriting." Not everyone's cup of tea, but serious writers and aspiring writers must read authors like Twain to understand the history of popular literature.


    15. This book with The Innocents Abroad are my two favorite pieces of Mark Twain. I love the challenge of seeing ourselves at the center of the universe and assumptions we make about he after life as portrayed in Captain Stormfield's visit to heaven. Mud our planet is called in Heaven, instead of Earth and if you don't make it to the right gate they may not even be able to find the part of Heaven for the inhabitants of Mud. Hilarious and serious both at the same time.


    16. I love Mark Twain. His stories always amuse me to no end. This collection truly is some of the best of his short stories. From the story about a missing elephant and the incompetent police trying to find it, to a letter that almost destroys a community, to a man who places a plethora of lightning rods on his house- all are quirky, funny and unusual.


    17. An impressive collection of Twain's short(ish) fiction, from the early tall tales to the later dark masterpieces. The early work is full of comic exaggeration; the later work explores humanity's failings, especially greed and hypocrisy, with lacerating satire and surprising imagination. The result shows the full range of Twain's genius. Plus, it's pretty hilarious.


    18. This is one of the most entartaining short story collections I have read. Twain is like the Spielberg of storytelling. My favorite story is called the $100,000 Bank Note (or is it $1,000,000?) about a homeless man who recieves the note on a dare and can't spend it but gets everything on loan because people assume he's rich. Twain's stories often revolve around money.


    19. A mix of classic and lesser known stories. This selection shows Twain was not just a comic writer - he could also be a very serious and dark writer as well. The unfinished story "The Great Dark" haunted me for days after reading it, making me wish I could read a complete version. If you're looking for an introduction to Mark Twain, this is a good place to begin.


    20. I loved this book! Good ole' Sam cracks me up. My favorite was by far the diaries of adam and eve. It was thoroughly clever and sarcastic with a hint of edgyness. The humor of Mr. Twain has stood the tests of time and he will always remain a favorite of mine.


    21. Took me awhile to get through this because when Twain is dark he is very dark, and I could only handle it in small doses throughout the last few crazy months. Excellent though. Kind of stuff that you want to read over and over, and I admit I cried a bit at several stories.


    22. I listened to this book on Playaway and it was an excellent reminder of what an incredible writer Mark Twain was. He has a talent for storytelling and quite a wit for sarcasm. I plan to introduce Mark Twain to my son soon.


    23. I love Mark Twain's more common work such as Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn, so thought I would give this collection a try, and it did not disappoint. Humorous, insightful, and disturbing stories carefully woven together to make a beautiful book.


    24. Some stories hit the spot more than others, but it's hard to argue that Twain isn't one of the most brilliant, ahead of his times guys that ever graced America. His writing withstands the test of time. I'm a bit embarrassed that this and Huck Finn (in high school) are all that I have read.



    25. After 150 years these stories still hold up. Twains wit and satire are all there. My favorites are ADAM'S DIARY and EVE'S DIARY.


    26. The first half was more entertaining than the second half. Even my 10 year old was chuckling at some of these stories! Mark Twain was quite the funny guy and that comedy still works today! =)


    27. There's no one as great as Twain. I do prefer, however, the longer and more classic Twain books like Roughing It, Huckleberry Finn, etc.



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