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Book Title: Mark Twain (The Great Masters Library)|
The author of the book: Mark Twain
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Reader ratings: 5.5
Edition: Chatham River Press
Date of issue: July 13th 1988
ISBN 13: 9780517618332
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I've always been a big fan of Twain, but it has been years since I read anything of his. I'm so glad I got this wonderfully produced audiobook. Twain dictated this in 1906-1907 so it's written as if he's talking to you rather informally. Consequently it's perfect as an audiobook.
He tells you right off the bat that he's going to tell you this bits from his life as they occur to them rather than with any specific structure which makes it feel even more like you're sitting around with him as he thinks about his life. A lot of it is inspired by excerpts from his daughter, Susy's "biography" of him that she wrote as a child. Therefore, a lot of it is sweet nostalgic memory of family life.
I'm definitely motivated to read more of his literature now.
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Read information about the authorSamuel 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".
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