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Mark Twain's Book of Animals (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain) Paperback – July 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0520271524 ISBN-10: 0520271521 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Series: Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (July 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520271521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520271524
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Fishkin reports that Mark Twain's career-long fascination with instinctual yet intelligent creatures inspired Chuck E. Jones's creation of cartoon icons Wile E. Coyote and Bugs Bunny. Fishkin, director of American studies at Stanford and a Mark Twain authority, showcases the humorist's shrewd observations of both exotic and common animals, including his nemesis, the housefly (I would go out of my way, and put aside my dearest occupation, to kill a fly). She contrasts intentionally educational yet humorous commentary with a brutally detailed exposé on cockfighting and a denunciation of vivisection. This collection of letters, stories, travelogues and personal recollections—some appearing in print for the first time—effectively juxtaposes witty morality with bitterness manifested in his later work in which he rails against microbes and an uncaring Creator after losing three children to illness. Fishkin presents a lucid opening essay and informative endnotes. Animal lovers and fiction readers alike will want to read this illustration of an unfamiliar facet of an American literary giant. The anthology succinctly represents Twain's admiration for the animal kingdom and relentless optimism in the face of human inadequacies. (Nov.)
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“An unfamiliar facet of a literary giant. . . . Succinctly represents Twain's admiration for the animal kingdom and relentless optimism in the face of human inadequacies.”
(Publishers Weekly 2009-09-14)

“A work that can easily be enjoyed by the casual reader of Twain and certainly qualifies as an essential volume for the devoted Twain scholar.”
(Martin Zehr Mark Twain Forum 2009-11-14)

“This collection is as entertaining, visceral, sardonic and chastising as any of his [Twain’s] major works.”
(Martin Zehr Kansas City Star 2009-12-20)

“Damn near flawless. . . . The perfect holiday gift-book.”
(Open Letters Blog 2009-09-28)

“Enjoy the tongue-twisting discourse Twain engages in with his two daughters about cats and much more.”
(Cat Fancy 2010-02-01)

“Brings together full stories, sketches, and brief passages that demonstrate Twain’s unique voice, skill as a writer, compassion, and humor. The engravings bring home the directness to Twain’s prose and add a special sense of wonder to this charming yet sobering book.”
(R.k Dickson The Bloomsbury Review 2010-05-01)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. on October 24, 2012
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My mother is a writer and was doing some poetry for a kid's book. I got her this one as a gift and she loves it. One thing that cracked me up: she said that in the writings -- Twain has a great deal more affection for animals than he does for people. Who can blame him. I'm just kidding. Great book and 5 stars. Used book too, and in excellent condition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joanna Hudson on September 22, 2013
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Recommended by a friend because of my love for animals. I love Mark Twain's writing, his wit, his delightful quotes and am naturally interested in him because of my family's relation to his mother's family. His genuine love for animals, as well as his and his mother's dedication to animal welfare truly enhanced this collection!
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