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Mark Twain's Library of Humor (Modern Library Humor and Wit) Kindle Edition

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"Old pieces of humor are like antique toys: Some of them still work and some don't, but they all have a certain fascination. Especially if we know that they worked for Mark Twain. And when you find one that does still work after, say, a century and a half, if you are like me you say things like 'Look at that workmanship' to cover your wonderment at sharing inner-child glee with someone who was in the grave when your grandmother was born. To my surprise, I feel that way about a good many pieces in this book."        --from the Introduction by Roy Blount, Jr.

"Mark Twain is the Lincoln of our literature."--William Dean Howells


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Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires by forty-three of Twain's contemporaries, including Washington Irving, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ambrose Bierce, William Dean Howells, Joel Chandler Harris, Artemus Ward, and Bret Harte.

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  • File Size: 1703 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0679640363
  • Publisher: Modern Library (October 27, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 27, 2010
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0047747IS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,344,899 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg M. on February 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
What's so special? Originally published in 1888, this book was a collection of short stories by American
authors of the 19th century, some of whom were long dead by its publication. Each author featured
was hand selected by Mark Twain. I just hear your remarks: "Bore-ing." Not by a long shot. Some of this
stuff is as outrageous today as it was then. All the authors were well known in their day, but many are now
obscure. I defy anyone to read say: "Sicily Burns's Wedding" by George W. Harris and not laugh themselves to tears.
Not only is the book funny, but for anyone interested in a glimpse of the 19th century through the eyes of an
author who lived it, the book is a treasure.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth Depristo on May 12, 2007
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I knew this was a compilation of stories by a number of authors but there were just a few written by Mark Twain and, given the title, I was expecting more Twain stories.
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