How to Tell a Story and Other Essays Paperback – 27 Dec 2013
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Mark Twain (1835 –1910) 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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His description of British humour is so ridiculous, It tells you more about the people he mixes with (Drunks and the clinically insane) than anything useful about British humour.
He claims America invented the art of comedy, ignoring the likes of Shakespeare and Chaucer who were writing before the U.S.A. was thought of and even they weren't the first.
Admitted, in more recent years, the likes of Robin Williams have somewhat redressed the balance, but even he stated that Billy Connolly is the best in the world and Billy's a Brit (from Scotland). He is the master of the type of humour Twain professed to like, but Billy is not the first that style of humour has been around the UK for many centuries.
Perhaps Twain should have read more before making his comments.
Incidentally if you choose this to learn how to tell a story - you wasted your time - move on. He tells you nothing useful.
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