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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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  • 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)
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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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mark twain is one of the best writers I'hve read
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Really pleased with edition better than I expected and well packaged book a great twain read and hardback north american not nornally as good as ours thanks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twain At His Humorous Best 10 Feb. 2015
By richard e whitelock - Published on Amazon.com
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What a wonderful job the editors of this book did in selecting and compiling this assortment of Mark Twain's writings. The topics covered are so varied and the time period they occur in gives the reader a good idea of worldly happenings and Twain's attitude at the time of each writing. This edition contains over 60 topics written by Twain mostly with tongue in cheek. He writes articles on family life and public manners. It speaks of dress and fashion, health issues, popular foods world-wide, tips on child rearing and even safety. It's a "how to" book on dealing with salesmen and even how to fend off burglars. The material was compiled from various sources that Clements published in over a 50 year expanse of time. Many of the topics have been out of print for decades.This book reads like a modern day "Dear Helouise."

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.
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure 10 Feb. 2007
By David Montgomery - Published on Amazon.com
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Here are some useful living tips, advice and observations from that quintessential American literary figure Mark Twain, real name Samuel L. Clemens. This compilation contains a delightful mix of humorous writings on the mundane and sometimes very unusual occurrences that reflected his many gifts as a writer/humorist. Many of these snippets are from some of his more famous works, while others are from personal sketches and writings not as well known. The tarantulas escape, a borrowed overcoat, a lecture to a youth group, the use of foul language, a note to a burglar, and so many other little anecdotes, observations, and etc will elicit periods of laughter from the reader, as it did for me. A wonderful little treasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice little book 2 Aug. 2014
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Not to be irreverent (Mr. Clemens is about to be bemused), but this little ditty is great for a bathroom read - if you know what I mean. Each title can be read in less than ten minutes which makes this a perfect read for my occasions. It is not so much a manual of helpful hints as it is a group of humorous and insightful short stories, essays, and observations that will continually make you smile, think, and look at the human race very differently from here on out. You will never look at Ben Franklin, digestion, or children the same way again.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clever humor from our past 3 May 2009
By Nancy E. Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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First, it's Mark Twain - the very pseudonym a poke in the ribs - and it's full of essays on his views of life, letters to editors, milkmen and burglars. He never pokes fun at his family, much, but sees the world as a tiresome place in which to try to exist, and his fellowman as more tiresome still. It's a glimpse at a time gone by, when a note on the front door telling any future robbers that the previous pair have already taken the silverware but they're welcome to the two candlesticks in the parlor might have even made sense since the doors weren't locked.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes! and Yes ! 15 Feb. 2009
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If you are a blue-blooded "Twain-ist", or if you are a Pragmatist to the Nth, or even simply a light-hearted person who can laugh at the Human Race... "Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living" will not only entertain you from cover to cover but also provide ample material (albeit of debatable propriety) for the management of your daily Life. Two Thumbs Up !
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