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  • Paperback: 72 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (4 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1500730513
  • ISBN-13: 978-1500730512
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.4 x 22.9 cm

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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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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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Amazon.com: 6 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
The introduction was the best part. 7 Oct. 2010
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I took interest in this because it was about twins, by Mark Twain and it was free. When I read it, I laughed out loud at the introduction. As an adult twin, I've been asked numerous times, "What's it like to be a twin?" and answered, "I don't know, I've never not been a twin.". I enjoyed reviewing well written details about being a twin. It sounded like the story was going to be a "good twin vs evil twin" story, but showed that both twins had their strengths. The story itself is silly, Twain admits himself that it was pointless. It was a quick and entertaining read.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The Rest of Pudd'nhead Wilson 27 Sept. 2010
By Chateau d'If - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
At one time this was published with Pudd'nhead Wilson. As explained in Twain's introduction, the two stories were originally part of the same tale, but the Twins were later -- um, separated. In some ways I think this is a better and more entertaining story. (Though, of course, Pudd'nhead is a must-read.) Give it a try.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
That Exraordinary Book... 26 Dec. 2010
By Peppermint - Published on Amazon.com
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This book portrays the possibilities of the life of being a twin with the exceptional imagination of Twain. The book simply cannot be put down and brings so much joy through the unique humor and wittiness of its author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A delightful romp, inexplicable formatting 27 Sept. 2011
By E. Stevenson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is Mark Twain at his silliest eloquence, a highly entertaining story about Italian Siamese-twin brothers who charm the heart of a small American town and end up in court over a brawl.

There is no moral or sociological point to the story--Mark Twain explains in his introduction that he saw a pair of Siamese twins at a fair and decided to write a silly story about another such pair off the top of his head. It's a lot of fun but it was pure entertainment--I did not feel a twit more edified for having spent half an hour in reading it.

The kindle edition is a bit odd--there are parts of the story in parenthesis that don't follow with the story, for example.

Over all three stars. Minus one for the sometimes weird formatting, and minus one for the lack of any real depth to this little tale.
Three Stars 24 July 2014
By Barbara P Falconer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It was fun to read but the situations were too extreme.
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