Random House: Bringing You the Best in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Children's Books
Authors
Books
Features
Newletters and Alerts

Buy now from Random House

  • The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Written by Mark Twain
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9780976140795
  • Our Price: $9.00
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Buy now from Random House

  • The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Written by Mark Twain
  • Format: Trade Paperback | ISBN: 9781573929998
  • Our Price: $12.99
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

Buy now from Random House

  • The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Written by Mark Twain
  • Format: eBook | ISBN: 9781612192512
  • Our Price: $9.00
  • Quantity:
See more online stores - The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

    Select a Format:
  • Book
  • eBook

And Other Short Works

Written by Mark TwainAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Mark Twain

eBook

List Price: $9.00

eBook

On Sale: November 06, 2012
Pages: | ISBN: 978-1-61219-251-2
Published by : Melville House Melville House
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg Cover

Bookmark,
Share & Shelve:

  • Add This - The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Email this page - The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  • Print this page - The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
ABOUT THE BOOK ABOUT THE BOOK
PRAISE PRAISE
Synopsis

Synopsis

This collection of lesser-known little gems by Mark Twain begins with a witty account of a fictional town called Hadleyburg, which prides itself on its long untarnished tradition of incorruptible citizens. One day someone in the town offends a stranger passing through and he vows to take revenge by plotting an elaborate scheme to show the whole nation just how corruptible this sanctimonious bastion of virtue really is. Through a series of cleverly placed letters promising a fortune, the insidious outsider lays a trap for each of HadleyburgÆs leading citizens. Twain is at his best here poking fun at small-town hypocrisy as the self-satisfied pillars of the community are done in by their own greed.
Also included are fourteen other short pieces of fiction and nonfiction, including TwainÆs account of his literary debut as a reporter, in which he described the harrowing journey and rescue of some ship-wrecked sailors; an essay on the famous authorÆs ôfirst lie,ö which begins humorously but quickly turns into a serious commentary on the silent lies society tolerates to perpetuate such injustices as slavery and prejudice; an amusing, tongue-in-cheek petition to Queen Victoria regarding a tax bill sent to Twain by the British revenue office for an amount due on sales of his books in England; an ôEsquimau MaidenÆs Romanceö; a detective story; and many other intriguing, scarcely known pieces.
These interesting and entertaining short works will be a welcome discovery to all those who have enjoyed TwainÆs popular novels and stories.
Praise

Praise

"I wanted them all, even those I'd already read."
—Ron Rosenbaum, The New York Observer

"Small wonders."
Time Out London

"[F]irst-rate…astutely selected and attractively packaged…indisputably great works."
—Adam Begley, The New York Observer

"I’ve always been haunted by Bartleby, the proto-slacker. But it’s the handsomely minimalist cover of the Melville House edition that gets me here, one of many in the small publisher’s fine 'Art of the Novella' series."
The New Yorker

"The Art of the Novella series is sort of an anti-Kindle. What these singular, distinctive titles celebrate is book-ness. They're slim enough to be portable but showy enough to be conspicuously consumed—tiny little objects that demand to be loved for the commodities they are."
—KQED (NPR San Francisco)

"Some like it short, and if you're one of them, Melville House, an independent publisher based in Brooklyn, has a line of books for you... elegant-looking paperback editions ...a good read in a small package."
The Wall Street Journal

Your E-Mail Address
send me a copy

Recipient's E-Mail Address
(multiple addresses may be separated by commas)

A personal message: