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Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven Paperback – 24 Jul 2010


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: General Books LLC (24 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1153747847
  • ISBN-13: 978-1153747844
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Mark Twain is the pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910). He was born and brought up in the American state of Missouri and, because of his father's death, he left school to earn his living when he was only twelve. He was a great adventurer and travelled round America as a printer; prospected for gold and set off for South America to earn his fortune. He returned to become a steam-boat pilot on the Mississippi River, close to where he had grown up. The Civil War put an end to steam-boating and Clemens briefly joined the Confederate army - although the rest of his family were Unionists! He had already tried his hand at newspaper reporting and now became a successful journalist. He started to use the alias Mark Twain during the Civil War and it was under this pen name that he became a famous travel writer. He took the name from his steam-boat days - it was the river pilots' cry to let their men know that the water was two fathoms deep.

Mark Twain was always nostalgic about his childhood and in 1876 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, based on his own experiences. The book was soon recognised as a work of genius and eight years later the sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, was published. The great writer Ernest Hemingway claimed that 'All modern literature stems from this one book.'

Mark Twain was soon famous all over the world. He made a fortune from writing and lost it on a typesetter he invented. He then made another fortune and lost it on a bad investment. He was an impulsive, hot-tempered man but was also quite sentimental and superstitious. He was born when Halley's Comet was passing the Earth and always believed he would die when it returned - this is exactly what happened.


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About the Author

Mark Twain began his career in letters as a printer's apprentice at the age of 12. He worked as a typesetter and hack writer until a trip down the Mississippi inspired him to become a steamboat pilot. Twain was a popular humorist, a failed silver miner, an inventor, a pacifist anti-imperialist, and a vegetarian. He had a strong interest in the paranormal. Twain's novel Huckleberry Finn has profoundly influenced the development of American storytelling. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Martin Brown on 10 Jun. 2011
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A very entertaining short story from the 'master'. As the title tells you, Captain Stormfield visits heaven. The story is basically that it was not what he expected. As well as amusing it has several very interesting observations worthy of longer consideration and/or debate at a philosophy society!

Mark Twain at or near his best. A shame it is such a short story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By New Expression on 28 July 2012
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It is an imaginative yarn, humourous and 'down to earth' in a story of the hereafter, witten with homespun wisdom. To quote a few examples: it was only possible for the writer to communicate effectively with other departed souls in heaven who spoke the same period English as his own, most of the departed from America were Red Indians and some of the greatest of the departed of the world had been unheard of nonentities but superior to the celebrated of particular fields. It ended abruptly though, giving the impression that only a first section of the book had been transcribed.
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By concorde280 on 8 Nov. 2013
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Well who woulda thunk it! Mark Twain in full imaginative eloquence, bringing another insight to the role of angels, their mode of travel and the workings of heaven to amuse and thought provoke the reader.
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This is an interesting and enjoyable old fashioned yarn with an amusing twist on mankind's best and worst invention. Not Twain's greatest work but diverting.
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By Mama on 11 Jan. 2013
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Very interesting concept of heaven.
I especially enjoy the part when Captain Stormfield arrives at the wrong heaven.
Excellent short story.
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