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The Complete Short Stories (Everyman's Library (Cloth)) Hardcover – June 5, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0307959379 ISBN-10: 0307959376

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  • Series: Everyman's Library (Cloth)
  • Hardcover: 744 pages
  • Publisher: Everyman's Library (June 5, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307959376
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307959379
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #443,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

MARK TWAIN was born in Missouri in 1835 and died in Connecticut in 1910.

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Any collector of literature will love this volume of Mark Twain's short stories.
Sam Fett
Physically, this volume is a handsome book, with a beautiful dust jacket, clothbound covers, and a ribbon bookmark attached to the binding.
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Most of us are quite familiar with Mark Twain's work and his insight, wit and humor seem to shine even more in his short stories.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hal Jordan VINE VOICE on July 8, 2012
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What? Only four stars for Mark Twain? Well, this is not Huckleberry Finn under review, it's a collection of Twain's short stories. These stories vary dramatically in quality, with some displaying some of the same humor and moral punch that has made Huckleberry Finn such an enduring classic. Others, though, are tedious or lack much point. In a useful introduction, Adam Gopnik, a writer for the New Yorker, notes that Twain had a reputation for giving humorous public lectures even before he developed a reputation as a writer. Of course, no one now alive has ever heard Twain give a public lecture, but many people have seen Hal Holbrook's "Mark Twain Tonight." I can envision Holbrook delivering many of the anecdotes contained in these stories in a way that would make them much more appealing than they are on the printed page. Unfortunately, as readers all we have is the printed page.

This edition apparently reprints a collection published by Doubleday in 1957 and edited by Charles Neider. I assume that Neider contributed an introduction to the Doubleday volume, but it is not reprinted in this edition. That omission is unfortunate because, among other matters that might have been covered in that introduction, it is unclear whether this volume really does reprint every story Twain ever wrote. It would also have been nice to know where these stories were originally printed. The dates are given but the sources are only given for those stories reproduced from Twain's book "Roughing It." It also seems a curious decision to have labeled as short stories several excerpts from "Roughing It." If Neider decided to include excerpts from that book, why not include excerpts from other books? Perhaps he explained his reasoning in the missing introduction.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. A Magill VINE VOICE on July 19, 2012
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Mark Twain stands out as one of the giants of America letters. Many of the 20th Century greats -- Falkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald just to name a few -- pointed to him as their literary inspiration. If you think it odd that writers of such diverse styles can all point back to the same author in such a way, then you haven't read Twain recently. While we often think of Twain for his folksier prose, it his extraordinary versatility of voice (as well as his humor and productivity) that stands out in these stories.

As a collection this demonstrates the Everyman's Library's usual commitment to quality. In an age when too many volumes feel almost disposable, this one is designed to last with a lovely binding and high quality paper. The introduction hits the right tone for most readers, interesting without going too long or becoming overly academic. And, in my favorite feature of this series, the volume includes an excellent timeline that reviews Twain's personal and literary life as well as significant events of his day. While I cannot be sure, I do however, have a sense that some stories are in fact missing, though I will admit I may be mistakenly recalling some of Twain's more literary essays as fiction.

My favorite thing about this collection, however, is that it runs chronologically. Readers will find much fascination in watching Twain's evolution over time. Also of interest is how his politics creeps (and sometimes shrieks) from his stories; we've too often excised from this author the strong stances he took on the issues of his day, many of which continue to resonate in our own time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sam Fett VINE VOICE on July 5, 2012
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Any collector of literature will love this volume of Mark Twain's short stories. It is an Everyman's Library edition with a cloth like hardcover surrounded by a wonderful dust jacket of Twain looking off into the distance. Complete with a built in book mark to keep track of what story you are on. The introduction is by Adam Gopnik for those of you who are interested. The wonderful whit of Twain is easily captured in his stories. These short stories are steeped with the culture of the times and the dialogue that makes them seem to come alive. I was wonderfully surprised to see a story I teach each year during our Drama unit collected as the actual story and not the screen play that is collected in our Literature books at school. There is something for everyone here but for those true fans of literature especially American this collection is a real treat and will look good on any shelf. If you have never read Twain you are missing out! A great storyteller with an excellent sense of humor. To generate interest with the students I describe him as one of the founding fathers of what is stand up comedy. He was a great lecturer but he drew them to his lectures only because of his writings. Enjoy!
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If you are looking for a gorgeous, exquisitely produced one-volume edition of most of the short stories (I will explain my qualification of "most" down below), you will be hard pressed to beat this Everyman's edition. Before continuing, let me say that my favorite editions of almost any author are those in the Everyman's collection. It is not a perfect series, but I love the actual books themselves more than those by any other publisher. They are made with real cloth wrapping the covers, bound in signature, and printed on a gorgeous crème colored paper that is completely acid free. The font is almost always large (though some of the larger volumes, like THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO, is a bit smaller) and easy to read. Whenever I want to read a classic work of fiction, I always check first to see if there is an Everyman's edition. I collect most classic authors, like Dickens, Austen, Dostoevsky, George Eliot, and even Raymond Chandler in Everyman's editions.

The books, however, are not perfect from a critical standpoint. Sometimes they do not use the latest editions of the stories. In the case of Mark Twain, the current best texts come from the University of California Press. The Library of America obtained permission to use the UC editions in their edition of Twain. The Everyman's edition, on the other hand, appears to have used older, public domain editions of the stories. For most readers this will not matter much, if at all. With one rather substantial exception: "The Mysterious Stranger," one of Twain's great masterpieces. Twain never finished the story, which carried the name "No. 44, The Mysterious Stranger," and it was later first published in a slightly bowdlerized edition as "The Mysterious Stranger.
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Mark Twain (1835-1910) was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his classic novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

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