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Mississippi Writings (Library of America) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1982

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 1084 pages
  • Publisher: The Library of America (31 Dec. 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0940450070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0940450073
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 3.3 x 20.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,050,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Both familiar classics and forgotten treasures." - Christian Science Monitor --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental--and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Twain: Mississippi Writings 13 Aug. 2008
By Kent Slocum - Published on
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After reading a Time Magazine article on the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death, I ordered Mississippi Writings out of curiosity and to see how much I would remember from reading these stories as a child. I was not disappointed. His writing is contemporary, the language is typical of his day (so don't be offended), and I was reminded again of how he really started the modern novel. Although I knew how the stories would turn out, I had forgotten a lot of the details that had enthralled me when I read it the first time so many years ago, and when I put myself in Tom's place and wished I had a friend like Huck. This is a nice package that provides an insight into life along the Mississippi in the early days and will provide a fishing bucket full of nostalgia.
37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition 3 Nov. 2003
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I doubt that anyone reading these reviews is trying to decide whether or not they will enjoy reading the stories in this volume - most likely they've read them already and want to know if this is an edition worth buying. This is definitely worth buying. The printing is crisp. The paper is lightweight, smooth-surfaced, and acid-free; over 1100 pages are only 1 and 1/8 inches thick. The dimensions are perfect. The binding appears to be strong yet limber - the book opens easily with good visualization of all margins. Library of America, the publishers, seems dedicated not only to preserving American writings, but doing so with style. I plan to put more of their books on my wish list - Melville and Hawthorne perhaps. My only regret is that I already own the complete writing of Poe from another publisher.
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the stuff. 18 Oct. 2016
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This book puts you in the presence of the first great American writer, at his best. Just buy it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 Aug. 2016
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All wonderful stories as only Twain could write them
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 9 Oct. 2016
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Worth the money
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