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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1995
Price: $5.50
ISBN: 978-0-553-21128-3 (0-553-21128-5)

The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the early nineteenth century. Tom and his best friend, Huck Finn, share exciting make-believe escapades as treasure hunters, swashbuckling pirates, and soldiers in battle. Read more >

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The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain

Written by Mark Twain
Edited by Lawrence Berkove
Introduction by Pete Hamill


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 13, 2004
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7118-7 (0-8129-7118-3)

This unique collection of Twain’s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author’s vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 848 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: March 1, 1984
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21195-5 (0-553-21195-1)

Edited and with an introduction by Charles Neider. Sixty stories which cover the entire span of Twain's published work from 1865 to 1916. Ranging from the frontier humor of "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", to the bitter vision of humankind in "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg", to the delightful... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 1, 1983
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21143-6 (0-553-21143-9)

When A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court was published in 1889, Mark Twain was undergoing a series of personal and professional crises. Thus what began as a literary burlesque of British chivalry and culture grew into a disturbing satire of modern technology and social thought. The story of Hank Morgan... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Written by Mark Twain
Illustrated by Daniel Carter Beard
Introduction by Roy Blount Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: December 4, 2001
Price: $8.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75780-8 (0-375-75780-5)

Hank Morgan awakens one morning to find he has been transported from nineteenth-century New England to sixth-century England and the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Morgan brings to King Arthur’s utopian court the ingenuity of the future, resulting in a culture clash that is at... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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The Innocents Abroad
or, The New Pilgrims' Progress
Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


Format: Trade Paperback, 560 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6705-0 (0-8129-6705-4)

The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the Euro-pean “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Life on the Mississippi

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Bill McKibben


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 29, 2007
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-75937-6 (0-375-75937-9)

Fashioned from the same experiences that would inspire the masterpiece Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain’s most brilliant and most personal nonfiction work. It is at once an affectionate evocation of the vital river life in the steamboat era and a melancholy reminiscence of its passing after the... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a paperback.

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Life on the Mississippi

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: October 1, 1983
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21349-2 (0-553-21349-0)

Life on the Mississippi is no ordinary guided tour, for every page is expressive of the structure, style, and high humor that is the very essence of Twain the writer. Spiced with Twain's pungent observations and commentaries on the culture and society of the great river valley, the book is a... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook and a trade paperback.

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Mark Twain's Library of Humor

Written by Mark Twain
Illustrated by E.W. Kemble
Introduction by Roy Blount Jr.


Format: Trade Paperback, 608 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: May 30, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-64036-3 (0-679-64036-3)

Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Prince and the Pauper

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Christopher Paul Curtis


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: July 8, 2003
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-76112-6 (0-375-76112-8)

Set in sixteenth-century England, Mark Twain’s classic “tale for young people of all ages” features two identical-looking boys—a prince and a pauper—who trade clothes and step into each other’s lives. While the urchin, Tom Canty, discovers luxury and power, Prince Edward, dressed in rags, roams his kingdom and experiences the cruelties... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, paperback, trade paperback and a trade paperback.

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The Prince and the Pauper

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: November 1, 1983
Price: $3.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21256-3 (0-553-21256-7)

Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, The Prince And The Pauper is a delight satire of England's romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparked the best of Mark Twain's tall tales. Two boys, one an urchin from London's filthy lanes, the other a... Read more >
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Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins

Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Ron Powers


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6622-0 (0-8129-6622-8)

Featuring the brilliantly drawn Roxanna, a mulatto slave who suffers dire consequences after switching her infant son with her master’s baby, and the clever Pudd’nhead Wilson, an ostracized small-town lawyer, Twain’s darkly comic masterpiece is a provocative exploration of slavery and miscegenation. Leslie A. Fiedler described the novel as “half melodramatic... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Pudd'nhead Wilson

Written by Mark Twain


Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Bantam Classics
On Sale: January 1, 1984
Price: $4.95
ISBN: 978-0-553-21158-0 (0-553-21158-7)

At the beginning of Pudd'nhead Wilson a young slave woman, fearing for her infant's son's life, exchanges her light-skinned child with her master's. From this rather simple premise Mark Twain fashioned one of his most entertaining, funny, yet biting novels. On its surface, Pudd'nhead Wilson possesses all the elements of an... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Lines in Long Array
A Civil War Commemoration: Poems and Photographs, Past and Present
Edited by David C. Ward and Frank H. Goodyear III


Format: Trade Paperback, 136 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 1, 2013
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-58834-397-0 (1-58834-397-9)

Lines in Long Array demonstrates the enduring impact of the Civil War on American culture by presenting poems and photographs from both the past and present, including 12 wholly new poems by contemporary poets created especially for this volume.

Includes previously unpublished poetry by Eavan Boland, Geoffrey Brock, Nikki Giovanni, Jorie Graham... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Mark Twain

Written by Geoffrey C. Ward, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: November 13, 2001
Price: $40.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-40561-7 (0-375-40561-5)

Ernest Hemingway called Huckleberry Finn “the best book we’ve ever had. There was nothing before. There’s been nothing as good since.” Critical opinion of this book hasn’t dimmed since Hemingway uttered these words; as author Russell Banks says in these pages, Twain “makes possible an American literature which would otherwise not... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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The New York Stories of Edith Wharton

Written by Edith Wharton
Compiled by Roxana Robinson
Introduction by Roxana Robinson


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: October 9, 2007
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-248-3 (1-59017-248-5)

Edith Wharton wrote about New York as only a native can. Her Manhattan is a city of well-appointed drawing rooms, hansoms and broughams, all-night cotillions, and resplendent Fifth Avenue flats. Bishops’ nieces mingle with bachelor industrialists; respectable wives turn into excellent mistresses. All are governed by a code of behavior as... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Earth, My Likeness
Nature Poetry of Walt Whitman
Written by Walt Whitman
Edited by Howard Nelson
Introduction by Howard Nelson


Format: Trade Paperback, 200 pages
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
On Sale: July 20, 2010
Price: $18.95
ISBN: 978-1-55643-910-0 (1-55643-910-5)

While Walt Whitman is best known as America’s first great urban poet, he was also a gifted nature poet, as the selections in this book show. Here his celebration of the “body electric” from Leaves of Grass expands into a celebration of an equally electrifying nature as he memorializes the seashore... Read more >

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Leaves of Grass
The "Death-Bed" Edition
Written by Walt Whitman
Introduction by William Carlos Williams


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: November 28, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-78342-8 (0-679-78342-3)

Abraham Lincoln read it with approval, but Emily Dickinson described its bold language and themes as "disgraceful." Ralph Waldo Emerson found it "the most extraordinary piece of wit and wisdom that America has yet produced." Published at the author's expense on July 4, 1855, Leaves of Grass inaugurated a new voice... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, eBook, hardcover, paperback and a trade paperback.

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Our Nig
or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black
Written by Harriet E. Wilson
Edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis


Format: Trade Paperback, 416 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 20, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47745-3 (0-307-47745-2)

With a New Introduction and Notes by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Richard J. Ellis

A fascinating fusion of two literary models of the nineteenth century, the sentimental novel and the slave narrative, Our Nig, apart from its historical significance, is a deeply ironic and highly readable work, tracing the trials and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Hawthorne
A Life
Written by Brenda Wineapple


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: June 29, 2004
Price: $20.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7291-7 (0-8129-7291-0)

“Brenda Wineapple illuminates Hawthorne’s complexities without demystifying the man. He remains one of the most intriguing American writers: dark, guilty, erotic, and psychologically acute–qualities that Wineapple deftly explores.” –Margot Peters

Handsome, reserved, almost frighteningly aloof until he was approached, then playful, cordial, Nathaniel Hawthorne was as mercurial and double-edged as his writing... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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