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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications Inc. (1 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486473198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486473192
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 13.8 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,043,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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By Patricia Rochester on 15 Feb. 2014
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Wonderful book to have 'at your fingertips' and read as and when you feel like reading some quotations of this brilliant writer.
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If you have a hard time reading Mark Twain books, this is for you. Great compilation of quotes only. 6 April 2014
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Some how I never could read very many Mark Twain books without getting lost in the dialogue. Reading his quotes and short statements gives you a great outline on how Mark Twain thinks about many things. It is a great read.
Essential Mark Twain Reading 24 Dec. 2013
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For the Mark Twain affectionato, "Mark Twain at Your Fingertips" will surely please. This is an essential book to reference almost all of Samuel Clemens' most popular and famous Twain pieces. A warning here: Once one picks this book up, it is very hard to put it down.
Book purchased for Daughter 27 Aug. 2013
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Ordered book for daughter after attending CItizen Twain show with Val Kilmer. My daughter loves that the book is a 1940s edition and signed by author. The book is in great condition. Thank you
Mark Twain excerpts book by Caroline Harnsberger 19 July 2013
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It arrived promptly and not in the best condition, but was described fairly as having stains on the cover. I'm enjoying reading it.
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