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Picture of Mark Twain, author of Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog; nineteenth century American Literature
Mark Twain   (1835 - 1910)
Category:  American Literature
Born:  November 30, 1835
Florida, Missouri, United States
Died:  April 21, 1910
Redding, Connecticut, United States
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2/18/1885     Twain's Huckleberry Finn Published -- Properly
To tell the story of how this most American of books, regarded by many as the most influential novel in the nation's history, came to be published first in England is to tell one more chapter in Twain's beleaguered business career; it is also to tell the story of a good prank, one that Twain (or Huck) would have been happy to play. . . .
3/24/1882     Twain Burned By Longfellow Roast
On this day in 1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow died, at the age of seventy-five. Longfellow was the most popular, venerated and taught American poet of his day. Such a pedestal invited comedy, or so Mark Twain thought until he tried to satirize Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Oliver Wendell Holmes before a crowd of their fans.
4/21/1910     Twain to the End
On this day in 1910 Mark Twain died, at the age of seventy-four. Despite an undercurrent of doubts and dark thoughts, Twain swept along through his last years as the Mississippi to the sea: guests to his seventieth birthday banquet took home his foot-high bust, New York City pedestrians and English royalty lined up to meet him, thousands filed past his casket to see him in his last white suit -- "as much an enigma and prodigy to himself," says one biographer, as he was to them.
5/12/1883     Twain's Life on the Mississippi
On this day in 1883 Mark Twain's Life on the Mississippi was published. Much of the book had appeared as a popular magazine series years earlier; Twain saw an opportunity not only for profitable recycling but for revisiting the world of his youth after twenty-one years away -- to do research, and "to see the river again, and the steamboats, and such of the boys as might be left."
7/20/1869     Twain Guilty of Innocents Abroad
On this day in 1869 Mark Twain's The Innocents Abroad was published. This second book, the most popular one in his lifetime, was a distillation of the newspaper articles Twain had written during his trip to Europe and the Holy Land in 1867. Even with the distilling, Twain said he regarded the book as God regarded the world: "The fact is, there is a trifle too much water in both."
8/27/1841     Cooper, Twain, Twigs
On this day in 1841, James Fenimore Cooper's The Deerslayer was published. This covers the earliest phase of the Leatherstocking saga, wherein the twenty-three-year-old Natty Bumppo must pass his first tests in the wilderness, rise above the worst of paleface and redskin ethics, avoid being burned at the stake, return Chingachgook's beloved Wah-ta!-Wah to him, and tell Judith that his heart belongs to the forest.
11/18/1865     Twain, Smiley, Frogs
On this day in 1865 Mark Twain published "Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog." Although the story was an old chestnut, one which Twain first heard from fellow prospectors around a mining camp stove, it gave him first fame, the centerpiece for his first book, and the yarn-spinner persona that Twain would mine for his entire career.
12/4/1884     "Who do you reckon it is?"
On this day in 1884, Mark Twain's Huckleberry Finn was published in England. The story of why "this most American of novels" was first published in England involves one of literature's most audacious and, depending on your tastes, most hilarious practical jokes - not unlike that played by Huck Finn's King and Duke when presenting Shakespeare to the rubes. . . .
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Huckleberry Finn
The Bible According to Mark Twain: Irreverent Writings on Eden, Heaven, and the Flood by America's Master Satirist
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaversas County, and Other Sketches
The Innocents Abroad
The Quotable Mark Twain: His Essential Aphorisms, Witticisms, & Concise Opinions
by R. Kent Rasmussen (Editor), Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer
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Inventing Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel Langhorne Clemens
by Andrew Hoffman
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Huckleberry Finn: Text, Illustrations, and Early Reviews
Find the complete illustrated text and numerous early reviews from Atlantic Monthly, The Nation, Chicago Dial, Punch, Century Magazine, Boston Herald, San Francisco Daily Examiner, and other papers.
Features a chronological timeline of events in the author's life and an extensive biography by Albert Bigelow Paine.
Mark Twain Resources on the World Wide Web
Large collection of pages, including a biography, bibliography, quotations, speeches, literary criticism and analysis, and educational resources for teachers and students. Also features historical information on such subjects as slavery and race relations, and maps from Twain's time.
Project Gutenberg Titles by Mark Twain
This extensive collection of electronic texts includes The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Other Sketches, The Innocents Abroad, speeches, essays and other works. Six volumes of Twain's Letters are provided, as well as a second compilation arranged with comments by Albert Bigelow Paine. Twain's perspective on James enimore Cooper's Literary Offences and a MP3 audio recording of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court complete out the collection.
Twain Web
Find an extensive collection of links to literary criticism and analysis, book reviews, biographies, and reference works. Also features a number of articles on a diverse range of topics, links, and an archive of the Twain-L Listserv.
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