- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: University of California Press (22 Oct. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0520242459
- ISBN-13: 978-0520242456
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain) Hardcover – 22 Oct 2004
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"This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal." - Ken Burns; "If you are wrestling with how to advance stimulating dinner conversation, what to do with unwanted magazine subscriptions, how to deal with the 'odious flummery' of fashion, or whether or not to bring your dog to the next funeral, Twain is here to offer his gentle guidance." - John Boyer, Executive Director of The Mark Twain House and Museum; "A delightful display of Mark Twain's wit and humor. This is the perfect gift book for any aficionado of Mark Twain, any connoisseur of the risible, or any stuffed shirt who needs to lighten up." - Gregg Camfield, editor of The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain"
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"This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal."Ken Burns
"Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living is a real discovery as well as a delight. It brings us fresh material from an old friend, and rediscovers great moments from the long shelves of his published writings. It's the best, most reliable collection of Mark Twain as social observer, moralist, and comic genius."Bruce Michelson, author of Mark Twain on the Loose and Literary Wit
"A delightful display of Mark Twain's wit and humor loosely tied together under the guise of an advice book. Containing some things old, some things new, some things borrowed (in parody), but nothing blue, this charming collection of old favorites and new releases will guide you through life's exigencies in fine spirits, if not in fine form. Twain's advice occasionally touches the sublime, but only in the form of the ridiculous. This is the perfect gift book for any aficionado of Mark Twain, any connoisseur of the risible, or any stuffed-shirt who needs to lighten up."Gregg Camfield, author of The Oxford Companion to Mark Twain
"Twain came to understand himself as 'a moralist in disguise, ' and this collection reveals that truth clearly, without jettisoning any of his humor. If you are wrestling with how to advance stimulating dinner conversation, what to do with unwanted magazine subscriptions, how to deal with the 'odious flummery' of fashion, or whether or not to bring your dog to the next funeral, Twain is here to offer his gentle guidance. Old chestnuts and surprising obscurities are provided in a refreshed context through the rich and illuminating annotations of the ever brilliant editorial team at the Mark Twain Papers."John Boyer, executive director of The Mark Twain House and Museum
This book serves up an elegant taste of Mark Twain's love for the food of the American South, spiced generously with his celebrated wit. Food lovers and humorists alike will revel in the timeless wisdom gathered here.Nathalie Dupree, television host and author of Nathalie Dupree's Southern Memories
"This is a masterfully edited compendium that does Twain proud. It captures the note-taking, aphorism-creating, angry-letter-writing essence of Twain's brain in a way essential, I think, to understanding the man, and by extension, the history of the United States and the nature of life on Earth."Dave Eggers, editor of McSweeney's"
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Twain also gives his opinion On A Complaint About Umbrella Service, Unwanted Magazine Subscriptions, How A Proposed Street Widening Should be handled, Traveling In Close Quarters with perfect strangers. Smoking, Health and Diet, Youthful Misdemeanors, and Under A Policeman's Eye.
There are over 30 illustrations in this book.
In this book, Samuel Clements, under the pen name of Mark Twain, offers a guide trough the "choppy waters" of life and he adds just the right amount of his personal waves to topple the boat and all within it. No one comes out of this work unsoaked. What a delight. Lewis Grizzard comes about the closest of all authors to Mark Twain in terms of spreading joy and happiness through the watching and talking about other people who are all part of "The Damn Human Race!"
The author has such a magnetic and energetic style of writing, His wit is sharp and his experience is worldly. I think anyone who would enjoy picking up a book and being thoroughly entertained for how ever long they wish to read would find this book as fun and most enjoyable.