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1601: Mark Twain's Conversation As It Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors Hardcover – June 8, 1999

ISBN-13: 978-0848800581 ISBN-10: 0848800583 Edition: 0th

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Amereon Ltd (June 8, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0848800583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0848800581
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,471,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas F. Shultz on December 7, 1999
This work is one intended for a very small audience. It was originally published privately by Clemens and circulated to his close friends. There are references to it in some of Clemens' biographies; however, this work is customarily not included in any collected works or anthologies. It is one of Clemens' scatological works and was probably scandalous in its day. The work is a historical curiosity; the only original volume I have seen is in the rare books library of Cornell University.
This volume pokes fun at the British Aristocracy of days past. It strongly reflects Clemens' views "On the Damned Human Race" as well as portraying the universal human condition. The humour is puerile and at the same time most satirical. No one who is a lover of Clemens' work can have a complete collection without it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1, 1997
While practicing the writing style to be used in "The Prince and the Pauper", Twain had some fun creating this little tale of an evening of converation in 1601 when Queen Elizabeth plays host to some luminaries of the era (Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, etc.). The text consists of notes made from the point of view of a disgusted servant. This is vulgar humor (Twain wrote in his autobiography, "...if there is a decent word findable in it, it is because I overlooked it") and it will not appeal to all tastes, but Mark Twain buffs may appreciate seeing an unusual side of Twain, and it's said that Twain would pick up the text and laugh at it with close friends. I have heard that this fictional story was taken seriously by some people and thus is the source of some odd rumors about Queen Elizabeth et al. The actual story is extremely short, so I don't know how they filled a book with it
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