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A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest Paperback – January, 1979


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 211 pages
  • Publisher: Harper & Row, Publishers; Perennial Library edition (January 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060906782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060906788
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,498,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is a book that is a pleasure to recommend. . . . A collection to be dipped into time and time again."--Los Angeles Times "Raging, satiric, devastatingly caustic and witty."--Publishers Weekly

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Mark Twain is awesome an humorous!
Dennis R. Uchtman
I'm an atheist who originally bought this book for the sole reason of having Bible Teaching and Religious Practice in my collection.
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I haven't gotten to it yet, but it sounds like it can fit in very well with this day and age and what we are experiencing now.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By James E. Egolf VINE VOICE on January 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
The short anthology of some of Mark Twain's(1835-1910)essays written in protest of hypocrisy, mean spirtedness, and unbridled power are a reminder that while Mark Twain had a splendid sense of humor, he also had a profound sense of compassion. These essays show a serious side of Mark Twain and his keen awareness of powerful men ruining the unfortunate and the "underdog."

Some of these essays were scathing denounciations of U.S. imperialism which started in the 1890s. Twain's bitter attack on U.S. forces destroying men, innocent women, and children during attempts to suppress a Philopino rebellion against U.S. annexation of the the Philipines after promises of political independence in 1898 are a sarcastic attack on what media liars called a battle which was actually a wanton massacre. Twain's caustic attack on this battle is a lesson on holding media accounts suspect.

One reviewer commented on Mark Twain's "War Prayer" which is thoughtful essay on the actual costs of war and what war does the morality of the "victors." This essay alone is worth the price of the book.

Similiar to the above mentioned essay is Twain's excerpt from his novel titled THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER. This short excerpt informs readers of how war is used to take advantage of the uninformed who are foolish enough to beleive that their rulers actually care for them when in fact political leaders despise those ruled and and hold them in contempt. This short piece is a classic because it describes war, the hypocrisy associated with war, and too the often the dismal results of war for both the vanquished and the victors.

Some self appointed do-gooders have tried to censor this book.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 29, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Better than Huckelberry Finn, or Tom Sawyer. Several short stories, that should be required reading in every school! "The War Prayer" is outstanding. This book shows a side of Twain, that is not mentioned in most school classes. Because it is not politically correct, and never was, it was nearly banned on at least one occasion. This is the main reason that it is hard to locate, and why few people have heard of it. A Must REad!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MNMickey on November 20, 2010
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This is a wonderful collection of some of Mark Twain's political writing. It's not easy to find (currently out-of-print) and would be worth some publisher re-issuing it. While the collection includes one excerpt from Twain's "Huckleberry Finn," it is primarily letters to editors or short articles that were printed in newspapers. It's a shocker for the modern reader who doesn't know much about American history beyond the American mythology presented in high school history classes. Twain's comments about US abuses in our take-over of the Philippines and our involvement in China are slaps in the face of my-country-right-or-wrong thinking. He rages, effectively and sarcastically, about the hypocrisy of Christian missionaries in China, as well as the attitudes of exclusion and superiority expressed by religious figures in the US churches. In other words, this is Twain at his best--taking on racism, hypocrisy, imperialism, greed, and injustice.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
of this book I have only read "The War Prayer," and it is one of the finest works of art that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It is truly something that every intellectual should read.
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Known for his wit and humor, Mark Twain never shied away from expressing an opinion--although some of his opinions were quite dark and some of his opinions were to be left unpublished for a century after his death at his own stipulation. A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest is a collection of some of Twain's most critical observations. As with everything "Twain," the writing is insightful and thought-provoking, and as contemporary as current satirical comment. When I searched Amazon for material my American Association of University Women could use in presenting "An Evening with Mark Twain, American Humorist," A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest was an excellent resource for demonstrating the range of Twain's genius.
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More About the Author

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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