Harry L. Katz's book, Mark Twain's America, gives a fascinating inside The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn () represent Twain's rise to. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, – April 21, ), well known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (), which . (, posthumous); Letters from Hawaii (letters written in , published as a book in ). Samuel Langhorne Clemens is internationally known by his pen name, Mark Twain. The author of numerous works, Twain's legacy includes two classic American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, both of which are still read and studied worldwide.

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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. by Mark Twain. Here we have Twain's most enduring book, no matter how you skin it: whether you're approaching it in. Mark Twain was arguably the best author that America ever So rest assured: there's more to Twain that simply The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. ever published), The Innocents Abroad documents Twain's voyages in Europe . a fun “time travel” book, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is a. Perhaps the US's most famous author, Mark Twain is known in history for his Unquestionably Twain's most influential work, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court () is Twain's most one of the best-selling books of all time, The Innocents Abroad certainly.

A stranger approaches a bartender looking for a man named Leonidas W.

Smiley, and after he admits that he knows a Jim Smiley, he launches into a anticlimactic story about the infamous gambler. With portions of the work written in vernacular English, the novel can prove a tad tricky for the unaccustomed reader.

The work documents the travels of Huck Finn, a runaway committed to escaping his abusive, alcoholic father. Having been known to have a firm stance on domestic affairs, Twain directed much of the commentary of the book to popular engagement with the writings of Sir Walter Scott, whose works, being popular amongst the southern nobility, evoked in Twain much contempt with regards to the southern caste system during the Civil War era.

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The plot of the story intensifies after Sawyer and Huck Finn witness a murder at night in a graveyard. Switched at infancy, their stories inevitably collide and may or may not culminate in a dramatic courtroom showdown.

Through it all, Twain skillfully weaves a truly eccentric supporting cast — one that includes David Wilson, a man who finds great joy in collecting fingerprints. However, its entertaining exterior masks the urgent social critique at the heart of the novel.

And besides, it furnished me seven times the pleasure afforded me by any of the others. It is not a biography , but an extensively researched novel.

Lengthy and rather slow-paced, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc is notable for its muted humor — a striking departure from the work that Twain can so reliably be expected to produce.

But, without his quintessential satire, it becomes something powerful of its own accord: a beautiful, worthy, and serious tribute to a person who embodied all of the virtues that Twain admired in humankind.

Bankruptcy due to poor investments prompted Twain to embark on a series of international speaking engagements circa a long trip that enabled him to circumnavigate the far-flung countries of the Victorian British Empire. His many adventures — from diamond mining in South Africa to riding the rails in India — ended up bringing one of his last works of travel writing , Following the Equator, into existence.

Though Twain was considerably older and sadder by this time, this book bears witness to the fact that his keen powers of observation never failed him. But the virtues of Following the Equator lie as always in its lively prose, freewheeling humor, withering irony, and plenty of political incorrectness, reminding you why he was such a beloved icon in his time — and such great company for readers today.

The Mysterious Stranger In the fittingly titled The Mysterious Stranger, we meet a group of boys who encounter a stranger in late sixteenth-century Austria. Just a distant relative — explaining the probably inconvenient family name. Letters from the Earth Mark Twain never intended Letters from the Earth to be published, saying that it would be a felony to do so — perhaps because of the controversial opinions that he imparted within it.

Needless to say, its premise is provocative: the book is made up of a series of letters written by the archangel Satan that comment on humankind and Christianity. Satan sent them to archangels Gabriel and Michael, hoping to amuse them while he whittled away his time on Earth after another expulsion from heaven.

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More than that, this incisive book gave Twain a platform to produce a scathing rebuke of our god-fearing society. But he had actually written it circa , during a black period of his life in which his eldest daughter and wife both died. Make no mistake: this is Twain at his most cynical, defiant, intelligent, belligerent, and cutting.

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Pudd'nhead Wilson Paperback by Mark Twain. Roughing It Paperback by Mark Twain. Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings Paperback by Mark Twain.The Innocents Abroad The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Oxford awarded Samuel L.

The novel primarily makes fun of romanticized ideas of chivalry, and of the idealization of the Middle Ages by other authors. Their struggle to defy society results in a gloriously rich narrative of boyhood adventure.