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How to Tell a Story and Other Essays [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain
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About the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 –1910), 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 173 KB
  • Print Length: 36 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00847EPKW
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Samuel Clemens chatting over a drink 30 Dec. 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
This is not a story or a writer's guide it is Samuel Clemens offering his opinion and advice basically on blarney and doing some blarneying. It most put me in mind of Ronnie Corbet monologing in the Two Ronnies. I have given it a 3 star review because there is nothing wrong with it but I would say it is probably mostly of interest to readers who are studying Mark Twain.

Contents
How to tell a story
The wounded soldier
The golden arm
Mental telegraphy again
The invalid's story

The kindle edition has no table of contents or other format navigation aids
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4.0 out of 5 stars OK 28 Jan. 2013
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It was interesting and readable - typical Sam Clemens. Good tips on public speaking. Amazon won't let me go until I say 6 more words
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4.0 out of 5 stars Stories well told... 23 July 2014
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A collection of stories for serious students of comedy as well as Mark Twain aficionados. The .'negro story' might have been just as well told without the patois, but it cannot be judged by today's standards of political correctness. Twain' s Sharp observations about the differences between the humorous, the comic and the amusing is a story in itself and advice worth reaching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars . 12 April 2013
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Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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