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Letters from the Earth [Paperback]

Mark Twain

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1 Jun 2013
An unabridged, unaltered edition, to include the Prologue, and all 11 Letters with footnotes -

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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the whole book 29 Nov 2012
By William C. Lloyd - Published on Amazon.com
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This "Letters from the Earth" is only "Letters from the Earth" itself. Let me explain: The full volume titled "Letters from the Earth" is [was?] a full-sized book containing not only "Letters from the Earth" itself -- which is, itself, absolutely marvellous and will never be forgotten by anyone who reads it -- but also a number of other small masterpieces by Twain, all discovered posthumously and edited and published by one Bernard DeVoto. THAT's what I thought I was buying [my own old copy has disappeared]. What a disappointment. So I'm sending this on as a gift for someone, and trying once again to find the real thing. And THIS thing doesn't even have page numbers!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Twain is amazing 9 Jan 2013
By Trillion930 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is a fun, satirical look at humans from a different perspective. Fairly controversial, and definitely anti-religious, one page will get you thinking and questioning different societal things that you may have taken for granted and the next page will have you laughing out loud.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A totally hilarious look at the contridictions of our religious faith 19 Dec 2012
By Roy B. Tansill - Published on Amazon.com
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For me this was a revisit to a book I first read many years ago. Some of what I remembered was not included but overall it was well worth the re-read. Mark Twain's sense of humor and ability to prod some thought from his readers is showcased. It might horrify some of the deeply religious (I am not) but if you can't laugh at Twain's work that is your loss.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twain "socks it to" traditional fundamental religion and offers his satirical best 24 Mar 2014
By Norman A. Kelley - Published on Amazon.com
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Twain had publication of this work delayed until the last of his family had been dead for twenty-five years, for he wanted to spare them any reprisals. He ridicules traditional religious beliefs and will have the thoughtful reader laughing (and agreeing with him). This is Twain at his satirical best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny 29 Dec 2013
By E. P. Balazs - Published on Amazon.com
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Mark Twain had strong political and religious beliefs that rarely followed that popular opinion of the mainstream, he cleverly disguised it with humor. Thls book was banned and is still not available at public libraries.
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