From Library Journal
This latest Twain addition to the Library of America series offers the title novel plus The American Claimant, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer Detective, and No. 44, the Mysterious Stranger, all written in Twain's later years, between 1873 and 1910. The publisher claims that this text of No. 44, the Mysterious Stranger is the "authoritative version." This also includes the standard LOA goodies, e.g., a chronology, notes on the text, introductions, etc. Note that Twain is the subject of a forthcoming documentary by filmmaker Ken Burns and the book Mark Twain (LJ 11/1/01), by Geoffrey Ward and others. Expect demand.
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About the Author
Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimentaland also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called “the Lincoln of our literature.”