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How to Tell a Story And Other Essays Paperback – October 1, 2013
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The other essays in this book are also good examples of the work of 19th century America's greatest storyteller and wit.
This Kindle book includes
* How to tell a story
* The wounded soldier
* The golden arm
* Mental telegraphy again
* The invalid story
How to tell a story starts with Mark Twain's famous disclaimer "I do not claim that I can tell a story as it ought to be told. I only claim to know how a story ought to be told, for I have been almost daily in the company of the most expert story-tellers for many years."
He uses the four stories to illustrate his points about story telling.
For example, his premise is that a humorous story does not have a purposes, it can go on and on as long as it is funny. The Wounded Soldier story demonstrates this point. He explains how to delivery a story with pauses and noises using The Golden Arm story to illustrate.
This book is a quick and easy read. And I could not wipe the smile off my face either.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a story of stories. I found it to be a breeze. The rhetoric is foundational. I found it to be of novel interest. I was impressed.Published 5 months ago by Lucius Pixel
A classic example of the hilarious story telling of Mark Twain. Loved the witty humor from an author that had always been a favorite of mine.Published 7 months ago by SeldomseenPA
I gave it a less than wonderful rating only because I had hoped to use it in teaching a class. Mark Twain is far above many other story tellers. I enjoy is writing immensely. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Darla Anderson
This collection of random thoughts by Twain/Clemons is a very entertaining and even educational read.Published 9 months ago by IndyDina
Quite short but a good idea about American humor. I wish I had known it was so short. Hope you enjoy itPublished 9 months ago by John G.