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  • Written by Mark Twain
    Introduction by Adam Gopnik
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These sixty satirical, rollicking, uproarious tales by the greatest yarn-spinner in our literary history are as fresh and vivid as ever more than a century after their author’s death.
Mark Twain’s famous novels Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn have long been hailed as major achievements, but the father of American literature also made his mark as a master of the humorous short story. All the tales he wrote over the course of his lengthy career are gathered here, including such immortal classics as “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," “The Diary of Adam and Eve,” and “The $30,000 Bequest.” Twain’s inimitable wit, his nimble plotting, and his unerring insight into human nature are on full display in these wonderfully entertaining stories.

Table of Contents

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
TheStory of the Bad Little Boy
Cannibalism in the Cars
A Day at Niagara
Legend of the Capitoline Venus
Journalism in Tennessee
A Curious Dream
The Facts in the Great Beef Contract
How I Edited an Agricultural Paper
A Medieval Romance
My Watch
Political Economy
Science vs. Luck
The Story of the Good Little Boy
Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral
TheStory of the Old Ram
Tom Quartz
A Trial
The Trials of Simon Erickson
A True Story
Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup
Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls
The Canvasser’s Tale
The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton
Edward Mills and George Benton: ATale
The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby’s
Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning
What Stumped the Bluejays
A Curious Experience
The Invalid’s Story
The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm
The Stolen White Elephant
A Burning Brand
A Dying Man’s Confession
The Professor’s Yarn
A Ghost Story
The Californian’s Tale
The Diary of Adam and Eve
The Esquimau Maiden’s Romance
Is He Living or Is He Dead?
The £1,000,000 Bank-Note
Cecil Rhodes and the Shark
The Joke That Made Ed’s Fortune
A Story Without an End
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
The Death Disk
Two Little Tales
The Belated Russian Passport
A Double-Barreled Detective Story
The Five Boons of Life
Was It Heaven? Or Hell?
A Dog’s Tale
The $30,000 Bequest
A Horse’s Tale
Hunting the Deceitful Turkey
Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven
A Fable
The Mysterious Stranger
Mark Twain|Adam Gopnik

About Mark Twain

Mark Twain - The Complete Short Stories
Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, led one of the most exciting of literary lives. Raised in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain had to leave school at age 12 and was successively a journeyman printer, a steamboat pilot, a halfhearted Confederate soldier, and a prospector, miner, and reporter in the western territories. His experiences furnished him with a wide knowledge of humanity, as well as with the perfect grasp of local customs and speech which manifests itself in his writing.

With the publication in 1865 of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain gained national attention as a frontier humorist, and the bestselling Innocents Abroad solidified his fame. But it wasn't until Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), that he was recognized by the literary establishment as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce.

Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Twain grew more and more pessimistic—an outlook not alleviated by his natural skepticism and sarcasm. Though his fame continued to widen—Yale & Oxford awarded him honorary degrees—Twain spent his last years in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about "the damned human race."

About Adam Gopnik

Adam Gopnik - The Complete Short Stories

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Author of the beloved best seller Paris to the Moon, Adam Gopnik has been writing for The New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Reviews and Criticism and of the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. He lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.

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