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Mark Twain

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... Read More

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Four Great American Classics
Written by Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Stephen Crane
Bantam Classics | Paperback | December 1992
$7.99/9.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21362-1 (0-553-21362-8)

These four landmark novels of nineteenth-century American literature have gained a permanent place in our culture as great classics. They are not only part of our national heritage, but masterpieces of world literature whose deep and lasting influence is felt to this day.

The Scarlet Letter vividly records America’s moral and historical... Read more






American 19th Century Literature
Written by Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Herman Melville, Mark Twain and Edith Wharton
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | December 2010
$123.00/145.90(Canada) | 978-0-307-70083-4 (0-307-70083-6)

An extraordinary collection that features some of the most beloved stories in early American literature, ranging from tales of love and longing to those of personal transformation. With elegant cloth sewn bindings, gold stamped covers, and silk ribbon markers, these classics are an essential for any home library.

Titles included:
The Age of... Read more






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2010
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47556-5 (0-307-47556-5)

Long cherished by readers of all ages, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is both a hilarious account of an incorrigible truant and a powerful parable of innocence in conflict with the fallen adult world.

The mighty Mississippi River of the antebellum South gives the novel both its colorful backdrop and its narrative... Read more






The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Written by Mark Twain
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2010
$9.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-47555-8 (0-307-47555-7)

Mark Twain was one of the nineteenth century's greatest chroniclers of childhood, and of all his works his beloved novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer most enchantingly and timelessly captures the sheer pleasure of being a boy.
 
Tom Sawyer is as clever, imaginative, and resourceful as he is reckless and mischievous... Read more






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Ballantine Books | Trade Paperback | March 1997
$14.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-449-91272-0 (0-449-91272-8)

"A GOLD MINE FOR SCHOLARS."

*Deidre Carmody

The New York Times



Now, in this extraordinary literary discovery, the original first half of Mark Twain's American masterpiece is available for the first time ever to a general readership. Lost for more than a century, the passages reinstated in this edition reveal a novel... Read more






Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by George Saunders
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$7.00/8.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75737-2 (0-375-75737-6)

Introduction by George Saunders
Commentary by Thomas Perry Sergeant, Bernard DeVoto, Clifton Fadiman, T. S. Eliot, and Leo Marx
 
“All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn,” Ernest Hemingway wrote. “It’s the best book we’ve had.” A complex masterpiece that spawned controversy right from...

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Ballantine Books | Paperback | January 1997
$4.99/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-8041-1571-1 (0-8041-1571-0)

"A GOLD MINE FOR SCHOLARS."

*Deidre Carmody

The New York Times



Now, in this extraordinary literary uncovering, the original first half of Mark Twain's American masterpiece is available for the first time ever to a general readership. Lost for more than a century, the passages reinstated in this edition reveal a novel... Read more






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Modern Library | Hardcover | June 1993
$20.00/23.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-42470-3 (0-679-42470-9)

"All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn," Ernest Hemingway wrote, "It's the best book we've had."  A complex masterpiece that has spawned volumes of scholarly exegesis and interpretative theories, it is at heart a compelling adventure story.  Huck, in flight from his murderous father, and Nigger... Read more






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | February 1981
$5.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-553-21079-8 (0-553-21079-3)

Hilariously picaresque, epic in scope, alive with  the poetry and vigor of the American people, Mark  Twain's story about a young boy and his journey  down the Mississippi was the first great novel to  speak in a truly American voice. Influencing  subsequent generations of writers -- from Sherwood  Anderson to Twain's fellow Missourian,  T.S. Eliot, from Ernest Hemingway... Read more






The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Frank Conroy
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 2001
$8.00/10.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-75681-8 (0-375-75681-7)

Introduction by Frank Conroy
Commentary by William Dean Howells, Athenaeum, The Illustrated London News, and Hartford Christian Secretary
 
This irresistible tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in frontier America is one of Mark Twain’s most popular novels. The farcical, colorful, and poignant escapades of Tom and his... Read more






The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1995
$5.50/7.50(Canada) | 978-0-553-21128-3 (0-553-21128-5)

Sparkling with mischief, jumping with youthful adventure, Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer is one of the most splendid re-creations of childhood in all of literature. It is a lighthearted romp, full of humor and warmth. It shares with its sequel, Huckleberry Finn, not only a set of unforgettable characters--Tom, Huck, Aunt Polly... Read more






The Best Short Stories of Mark Twain
Written by Mark Twain, Edited by Lawrence Berkove, Introduction by Pete Hamill
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | April 2004
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 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






The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | March 1984
$6.95/9.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21195-5 (0-553-21195-1)

For deft plotting, riotous inventiveness, unforgettable characters, and language that brilliantly captures the lively rhythms of American speech, no American writer comes close to Mark Twain. This sparkling anthology covers the entire span of Twain’s inimitable yarn-spinning, from his early broad comedy to the biting satire of his later years.

Every one... Read more






The Complete Short Stories
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Adam Gopnik
Everyman's Library | Hardcover | June 2012
$28.00/34.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-95937-9 (0-307-95937-6)

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...

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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | October 1983
$4.95/6.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21143-6 (0-553-21143-9)

This novel tells the story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander who brings to King Arthur’s Age of Chivalry the “great and beneficent” miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and American ingenuity. Through the collision of past and present, Twain exposes the insubstantiality of both utopias, destroying the myth of the... Read more






A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Written by Mark Twain, Illustrated by Daniel Carter Beard, Introduction by Roy Blount Jr.
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | December 2001
$8.95/12.95(Canada) | 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






The Gilded Age
Written by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, Introduction by Ron Powers
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 2006
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7356-3 (0-8129-7356-9)

Introduction by Ron Powers
Includes Newly Commissioned Endnotes

Arguably the first major American novel to satirize the political milieu of Washington, D.C. and the wild speculation schemes that exploded across the nation in the years that followed the Civil War, The Gilded Age gave this remarkable era its name. Co-written by Mark Twain... Read more






The Innocents Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$14.95/21.00(Canada) | 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 European “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully... Read more






Life on the Mississippi
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Bill McKibben
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2007
$9.95/12.95(Canada) | 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






Life on the Mississippi
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | October 1983
$4.95/5.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21349-2 (0-553-21349-0)

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






Mark Twain's Library of Humor
Written by Mark Twain, Illustrated by E.W. Kemble, Introduction by Roy Blount Jr.
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2000
$17.00/20.00(Canada) | 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






The Prince and the Pauper
Written by Mark Twain
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 3, 2015
$10.00/12.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87310-6 (1-101-87310-8)

Mark Twain’s satiric novel about two boys who trade places in Tudor England—written “for young people of all ages”—was his first foray into historical fiction. 

Set in 1547, The Prince and the Pauper brings together Tom Canty, an impoverished urchin who lives with his abusive father in London’s filthiest streets, and pampered...

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The Prince and the Pauper
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Christopher Paul Curtis
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$10.00/13.00(Canada) | 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






The Prince and the Pauper
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | November 1983
$3.95/4.95(Canada) | 978-0-553-21256-3 (0-553-21256-7)

Rich with surprise and hilarious adventure, The Prince and the Pauper is a delightful satire of England’s romantic past and a joyful boyhood romp filled with the same tongue-in-cheek irony that sparks the best of Mark Twain’s tall tales. Two boys, one an urchin from London’s filthy lanes, the other a... Read more






Pudd'nhead Wilson
Written by Mark Twain
Vintage | Trade Paperback | February 3, 2015
$12.00/14.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87311-3 (1-101-87311-6)

Mark Twain’s darkest novel—about a master and slave switched at birth—combines a courtroom drama with a provocative fable about race and identity.

Twain’s plot is set in motion when a slave named Roxy exchanges her light-skinned son Chambers with her master’s baby, Tom. Roxy’s child, now known as Tom, grows up as... Read more





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