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Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


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  • File Size: 71 KB
  • Print Length: 24 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082P8H6Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,547 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TWAIN AT HIS BEST July 9, 2010
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It seems strange to be reviewing an author almost a hundred years after his death, but this autobiography is something I did not realize was out there. After downloading Kindle for Mac, I downloaded a number of free books and began reading Twain. His wit and use of English is both enjoyable and inspiring, but one must read carefully. Slowly is even better. The wit is up to the high standard set in Puddin' Head Wilson ("I wish I owned half that dog. I'd shoot my half.), as is the self deprecation, and there is a world of biting social commentary in even the most innocent seeming line. ("He built a commodious jail and put up a gallows, and to his dying day he claimed he had a more restraining and elevating influence on the Indians that any other reformer...") I recommend this highly for other writers who like to read a master at work. One wonders what he might say about being politically correct.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Affordable & High Quality Paperback Book Edition" August 20, 2010
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The line that heads this review is also the subtitle of this publication. It too must be a burlesque. This item is described as 24 pages--12 of them are completely blank. One lists only 'Made in USA Lexington KY 18 August 2010' and the bar code. The title page does not include a publisher(probably out of shame) The remaining 10 pages are printed in something resembling typewriter script, a rambling list of notorious ancestors which I imagine could be typical of a spontaneous dinner party expostion by Mr. Clemens. There is no introductory or historical comment giving any information whatsoever as to the source of the text in this "High Quality Paperback."

The soul who pays $75 for the library bound edition must surely receive an wonderful example of the art of fine bookbinding--or they are really ripped off.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Twain Rocks November 25, 2012
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A fun, clever story that is a great read. The ending will get you! It'll make you smile, for sure!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This is why real publishing won't die December 19, 2011
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Twain was the one who said a sucker is born every minute, right? He would have loved this. People can now advertise and sell, to a number of suckers, things described as "books" that are nothing more than shoddy Xeroxes. As more and more real book publishers are driven out of business by people too greedy to pay for a real book with a hard cover we'll see more of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twain's biting humor June 6, 2011
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Twain begins this short piece with a family history that skewers the more typical boasting of ancestors of note. Twain's various euphemisms for the endings of some of his ancestors are delightful.

Aware that the autobiography is rather short, Twain added a short piece of historical fiction, perhaps inspired by the idea of ancestors. This, too, parodies the historical fiction conventions of the day and the ending is distinctly memorable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not an autobiography June 29, 2014
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This is not an autobiography, burlesque or otherwise. I'm afraid that it is a case of what can go wrong when you tell a story by making the worst things happen to your characters the more of plot advancement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, sweet and wonderfully funny. December 27, 2013
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Mark Twain takes on the Twain family history in this short work. The humor is broad and the laughs are many as Twain takes on his ancestors. If only other writers were so truthful about their ancestors!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twain: the master of the fine art November 26, 2013
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This is lying at its artistic best, a send-up of celebrity of a high nature. Not only that, but it's even funny!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd
All in all, not up to Mark Twain standards. Started out amusing, but the ending left me wondering why he bothered to write it.
Published 3 months ago by Camilla Lilly
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent. So Twain!
Classic Twain wit. Even if one doesn't care for him, the ending makes it a must read. Very original wrap up
Published 7 months ago by Gatc
4.0 out of 5 stars A Tongue in Cheek joke on Mark Twain's life that will leave you...
This book was down right funny as Twin made fun of himself and played very fast & loose on his family history.
Published 10 months ago by David
4.0 out of 5 stars BOOK
I never rate my Kindle purchases as it takes me too long to finish one and too much time to go find the right web page to review it. Purchased it on the book's description.
Published 12 months ago by K. Grover
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography
What a joy! I loved this book. I love all of Mark Twain's writing, but this one made me laugh heartily and keep laughing after having closed it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Phillip D. Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Twain is twice as good once you grow up.
Twain holds your attention and solicits money at the same time.

The master of master storytellers is marvelous at slandering back his ancestors for their foibles.
Published 12 months ago by Sank
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, very short
This is interesting, and I'm glad I got it for free. I wouldn't be happy with it if I had paid 10 dollars for it, but as it was free it's worth the read. :)
Published 16 months ago by hc
1.0 out of 5 stars Short, but not sweet.
I hope no one pays for this. I got it free for my Kindle, and even then, it wasn't worth the trouble. Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Amazon Customer
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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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