[an “aside” in a stage whisper:]
“When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.”–Erasmus, 1469-1536
Mark Twain is the funniest, most original, wholly American literary genius this country has ever produced.
He took ordinary common speech, our quintessential low-brow grammatically mangled vernacular blather and blab, and transformed it into literary masterpieces, one after another. A journalist, travel writer, public speaker, newspaper man, a gold miner in the Gold Rush of ’49, Twain participated fully in every major event or phenomenon of his day. Loved by all, laughter and grins followed him everywhere he went. He skewered and critiqued our pretences, pomposities and folderall with such stiletto precision and skill, that he angered no one as he did it but made us instead laugh at ourselves without feeling diminished by it, but rather lifted up and proud to be an American, decent, hardworking, optimistic, however uncouth!
It was a great time to be alive. The country was coming into its own, our western frontier and natural resources seemed infinite. We gloried in the breath-taking, unspoiled beauty of the land and what appeared to be the brightest future any nation on earth had yet embraced.
The Complete Mark Twain Library
(7 volumes, plus a FREE book!)
from the Library of America, the final, definitive, flawless texts
edited by the best Twain scholars on the planet!
16 full-length works • over 270 tales, sketches, speeches, and essays • more than 7,300 pages
List price: $270.00
ONLY $195.00 (I paid $150, though. cuz I’m a critic and a member of the National Book Critics Circle!)
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on the seven-book set!
This Library of America edition includes all of Mark Twain’s major works in seven clothbound volumes:
Mississippi Writings | 1,126 pages
Tom Sawyer • Life on the Mississippi • Huckleberry Finn • Pudd’nhead Wilson
Historical Romances | 1,031 pages
The Prince and the Pauper • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court • Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
The Innocents Abroad & Roughing It | 1,027 pages
A Tramp Abroad, Following the Equator, Other Travels | 1,145 pages
The Gilded Age & Later Novels | 1,053 pages
The Gilded Age • The American Claimant • Tom Sawyer Abroad • Tom Sawyer, Detective • No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger
Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1852–1890 | 1,076 pages
Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1891–1910 | 1,050 pages
Also, FREE with your set ($35 in bookstores!):
The Mark Twain Anthology: Great Writers on His Life and Works | 492 pages
A century and a half of the best writing about America’s quintessential writer.
“Both familiar classics and forgotten treasures”
—Christian Science Monitor