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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic US (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590763709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590763707
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 9.9 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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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 Sass on 26 Oct. 2014
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Love Mark Twain, beautiful looking book also.
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The Great Short Stories of Mark Twain 22 May 2001
By "mark_sigel" - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Mark Twain has written 200 stories and essays. These 13 short stories are as full of description and feeling, and humor as a whole novel (A novel is 50,000 words or more, usually more.).
In each one you see a new perspective, and a new since of Mark Twain's imagination.
"The Celebrated Jumping Frog" is a humorous story about a man who had a frog that could jump higher than any other. Well, he made a bet with a sly man, and he went off to catch a frog for the man, the man filled the "Celebrated Jumping Frog" with quiall shot, and the frog wouldn't move. It is funny, and he uses a very heavy southern accent when he is telling the story, sometimes it is hard to read, but still very funny.
"The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg" is the second best of these stories. Hadleyburg is a town that every other town wants to be, it is clean, small, and has never been corrupted. No one ever falls into temptations here. A man that was badly treated here wanted his revenge... The story is very good, and has a great meaning in the end, every mortal falls into temptation, and those who think they dont are liars.
This story goes along the same story line as "Was it Heaven? or Hell?" It's about two old aunts whose niece is very sick, the daughter of the niece also becomes ill. The aunts hate lieing, but in the end they lie continually to the mother, and telling her that her daughter is just fine. It leaves an open ending, so you can decide if is "Was Heaven, or Hell."
"A Fable" is about a bunch of animals who stumble across the mirror. The cat says it is a picture of a cat, the elephant said he only saw a big beautiful elephant, and so on, and so on. The moral, by the cat is:
"You can find in a text whatever you bring, if you will stand between it and the mirror of your imagination. You may not see your ears, but they will be there."
Isn't Mark Twain great? I would never think of a story like that, that would get you such a good grade on an English report.
The story that totally blew me away was "An Extract From Captain StormFields's Visit to Heaven." It's about a man who dies, and spends 30 years in space looking for heaaven, he ends up in another part of heaven that isn't for his world, here is an extract from the book:
"Well, Sir," I says, pretty humble, "I dont seem to make out which world it is I'm from. But you may know it from this--it's the world the Saviour saved." "He bowed his head" (The clerk at that heaven) "at the Name. Then he says, gently--'The wolrds He has saved are like the gates of heaven in number--none can count them."
Mark Twain was very imaginative in his writings, and could make a wonderful story out of any little thing. "A Dog's Tale" is sad, and joyous, and humorous in just 12 pages (Hardback), I dont want to ruin this story for you, so I'll let you read it yourself.
These are all very great stories, and I wouldn't have written so much if I thought otherwise.
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Short Story 16 Mar. 2013
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You can read this story in a short amount of time. Enjoyable way to get acquainted with Mark Twain. I liked it.
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After all, It's MARK TWAIN 3 May 2013
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Written to be humorous in the tradition of a fine story teller. Seems like we could use more writers like Clemmens.
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Love this Mark Twain Classic 20 Dec. 2012
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Wonderful story! And it is great to have access to so many of these old classics via Kindle! Thank you Amazon.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Book about the perils of translation 27 Feb. 2006
By Antoniioo Giidi - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Jumping Frog is an interesting tale, but this book is more about the difficulties of translations than about the Jumping Frog itself. You can probably find the Jumping Frog in other collection of Twain's books, so don't bother to buy this book if you are only interested in the tale. It is only a three-page tale.

To make a long story short, the Jumping Frog was translated into French with the objective of demoralizing Twain's humor. Obviously, the humor in this tale was more in between the lines and in the form it was written than about the story itself (which was silly and not funny.)

As Twain says, however, the translator "has not translated it at all; he has simply mixed it all up; it is no more like the Jumping Frog when he gets through with it than I am like a meridian of longitude." To prove his point, Twain proceeded to translate the French translation "back into a civilized language" [i.e. English] to show that the French translation did not do justice to his work.

This book has the original tale in the first pages, then the French translation, and then the English version of the French translation.

It is more a personal vendetta from Twain than a work of literature. But it is an important work for those interested in translation.
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