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The Mark Twain Collection [Kindle Edition]

Mark Twain , The Atlantic Books , Ben Tarnoff
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One winter day in 1869, Mark Twain took the stairs to the second floor of a building near Boston Common and introduced himself to the editors of The Atlantic Monthly, including William Dean Howells. So began a relationship that would change both Twain and the magazine, and a friendship between editor and author that would become perhaps the most important collaboration in developing the singular American literary voice.

The pieces collected here, exclusively for the very first time, are the fruits of that partnership. Twain wrote for The Atlantic from 1874 to 1880, publishing essays, recollections, short stories, and even the memoir Old Times on the Mississippi, which appeared in seven installments beginning in 1875 and was later released as the book Life on the Mississippi.

The Mark Twain Collection also features an introduction by the Twain biographer Ben Tarnoff, in which he explores the special relationship that elevated the author into a transformative literary figure—and had a profound impact on The Atlantic.

The Atlantic Books, the digital imprint of The Atlantic, is proud to offer The Mark Twain Collection as the first e-book in a new series of exclusive archival collections that will spotlight some of the most-celebrated contributors since the magazine’s founding in 1857.


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  • File Size: 505 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: The Atlantic Books (July 12, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DX6NMK8
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Stories collected here were written during some of the most productive writing years of Mark Twain's life, and were published in issues of The Atlantic during the years 1874-1880.

To first put these stories into context, Twain had not yet achieved his eventual great fame when his book "The Innocents Abroad" was published. It was reviewed by The Atlantic's third editor William Dean Howells in December of 1869. That review concluded with the paragraph:

"Under his nom de plume of Mark Twain, Mr. Clements is well known to the very large world of newspaper-readers; and this book ought to secure him something better than the uncertain standing of a popular favorite. It is no business of ours to fix his rank among the humorists California has given us, but we think he is, in an entirely different way from all the others, quite worthy of the company of the best."

(I notice that Howell's refers to Twain as "Mr. Clements", whereas today we know him as Samuel Langhorne Clemens. I do not know the reason for the difference in the spelling of his name).

The Atlantic's very complimentary review was thus instrumental in giving Twain's career a great boost, and the relationship between Twain and the magazine developed into a strong one. As related by The Atlantic in 2001 - "The relationship began in December, 1869, when William Dean Howells, then an assistant editor at The Atlantic, wrote a highly favorable review of Twain's first book, Innocents Abroad, which had been published that year by a small commercial publishing house that sold copies by peddling the book from door to door. (Howells later also reviewed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and A Tramp Abroad for The Atlantic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Early Twain April 4, 2014
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These early Atlantic pieces with the apparently heavy editing of Twain's friend and foresighted advocate editor, are an interesting glimpse into Twain-in-the-making. A fascinating window into the forge from which emerged the greatest American novel, Huckleberry Finn.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twain and "The Atlantic" are a match made in Heaven. December 12, 2013
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With no greater love than that of Twain, and the long love of one of the last bastions of fine short fiction, you can't go wrong with this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Portable Twain. November 2, 2013
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Handy to carry and read. One of my favorite authors. I always need Twain nearby to get me through the rough days.
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