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Mark Twain

Mark Twain, considered one of the greatest writers in American literature, was born Samuel Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died in Redding, Connecticut in 1910. As a young child, he moved with his family to Hannibal, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River, a setting that inspired his two best-known novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In his person and in his pursuits, he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at 12 when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed... Read More

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Pudd'nhead Wilson
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Louis J. Budd
Signet | Paperback | December 2007
$4.95/6.99(Canada) | 978-0-451-53074-5 (0-451-53074-8)

Mark Twain takes a hard look at the consequences of slavery in America in this classic satire. 

Set in a town on the Mississippi during the pre-Civil War era, Pudd’nhead Wilson tackles the seminal American issue of slavery in a tragicomedy of switched identities. What happens when a child born free and... Read more






Four Classic American Novels
Written by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane and Herman Melville, Introduction by Sandra Newman
Signet | Paperback | June 2007
$8.95/10.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53055-4 (0-451-53055-1)

Shining examples of American literature at its best, these four novels explore timeless themes—adventure, war, sex, and morality—through compelling narratives. An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor—the heroes of these novels have become a part of popular culture. This indispensable volume includes…

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel... Read more






Life on the Mississippi
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Bill McKibben, Noted by James Danly
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2007
$13.00/17.50(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






The Innocents Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Afterword by Leslie Feidler, Introduction by Michael Meyer
Signet | Paperback | April 2007
$7.95/9.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-53049-3 (0-451-53049-7)

One of the most famous travel books ever written by an American, The Innocents Abroad is Mark Twain’s irreverent and incisive commentary on nineteenth century Americans encountering the Old World. Come along for the ride as Twain and his unsuspecting travel companions visit the Azores, Tangiers, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Genoa... Read more






The Signet Classic Book of Mark Twain's Short Stories
Written by Mark Twain, Afterword by Debbie Macomber, Introduction by Justin Kaplan
Signet | Paperback | May 2006
$7.95/10.45(Canada) | 978-0-451-53016-5 (0-451-53016-0)

For nearly two decades before Mark Twain published his finest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he was refining his craft and winning tremendous popularity with his short stories and sketches. This richly entertaining and comprehensive collection presents sixty-five of the very best of Mark Twain’s short pieces, from the classic frontier... Read more






The Gilded Age
Written by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner, Introduction by Ron Powers
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | March 2006
$16.00/22.00(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 Portable Mark Twain
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Tom Quirk
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | November 2004
$20.00/21.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243775-9 (0-14-243775-1)

Satirist, novelist, and keen observer of the American scene, Mark Twain remains one of the world's best-loved writers. This delightful collection of Twain?s favorite and most memorable writings includes selected tales and sketches such as The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, How I Edited an Agricultural Journal Once, Jim Baker's... Read more






A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
Written by Mark Twain, Afterword by Edmund Reiss, Introduction by Leland Krauth
Signet | Paperback | November 2004
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-52958-9 (0-451-52958-8)

Mark Twain moves from broad comedy to biting social satire in this literary classic.
 
Cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth-century Connecticut, Hank Morgan wakes to find himself in King Arthur’s England. After using his knoweldge of an upcoming solar eclipse to escape a death sentence, Hank must... 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






A Tramp Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Dave Eggers
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2003
$17.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-8129-7003-6 (0-8129-7003-9)

In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain’s unofficial sequel to The Innocents Abroad, the author records his hilarious and diverse observations and insights while on a fifteen-month walking trip through Central Europe and the Alps. “Here you have Twain’s inimitable mix,” writes Dave Eggers in his Introduction, “of the folksy and the... Read more






The Prince and the Pauper
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Christopher Paul Curtis
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$11.00/15.00(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 Innocents Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Jane Jacobs
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | February 2003
$17.00/23.00(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






Pudd'nhead Wilson and Those Extraordinary Twins
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Ron Powers
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | October 2002
$14.00/19.00(Canada) | 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






The Innocents Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Tom Quirk, Noted by Guy Cardwell
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | July 2002
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-243708-7 (0-14-243708-5)

Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence... Read more






The Prince and the Pauper
Written by Mark Twain, Afterword by Everett Emerson
Signet | Paperback | May 2002
$5.95/7.95(Canada) | 978-0-451-52835-3 (0-451-52835-2)

Two boys exchange their clothes and their lives in Mark Twain's classic satiric comedy.

They are the same age. They look alike. In fact, there is but one difference between them: Tom Canty is a child of the London slums; Edward Tudor is heir to the throne of England. Just how... 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
$10.00/13.50(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 Louis J. Budd, Noted by Louis J. Budd
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | September 2001
$16.00/18.50(Canada) | 978-0-14-043920-5 (0-14-043920-X)

First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America-an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peacetime optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator... Read more






Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by George Saunders
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | August 2001
$8.00/10.50(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 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






Mark Twain's Library of Humor
Written by Washington Irving, Series edited by Steve Martin, Edited by Mark Twain, Illustrated by E.W. Kemble, Introduction by Roy Blount, Jr.
Modern Library | Trade Paperback | May 2000
$19.00/25.00(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, Introduction by Jerry Griswold
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 1997
$11.00/11.99(Canada) | 978-0-14-043669-3 (0-14-043669-3)

Tom Canty and Edward Tudor could have been identical twins. Their birthdays match, their faces match, but there the likeness stops. For Edward is a prince, heir to King Henry VIII, whilst Tom is a miserable pauper. But when fate intervenes, Edward is thrown out of the palace in rags, leaving... Read more






A Tramp Abroad
Written by Mark Twain, Introduction by Robert Gray Bruce and Hamlin Hill
Penguin Classics | Trade Paperback | December 1997
$17.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-14-043608-2 (0-14-043608-1)

Twain's account of travelling in Europe, A TRAMP ABROAD (1880), sparkles with the author's shrewd observations and highly opinionated comments on Old World culture, and showcases his unparalleled ability to integrate humorous sketches, autobiographical tidbits, and historical anecdotes in a consistently entertaining narrative. Cast in the form of a walking tour... 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






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Written by Mark Twain
Ballantine Books | Paperback | January 1997
$6.99/9.50(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 Tom Sawyer
Written by Mark Twain
Bantam Classics | Paperback | January 1995
$5.95/7.95(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





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