- Leather Bound: 1312 pages
- Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers (September 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076240180X
- ISBN-13: 978-0762401802
- Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 3.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,304,073 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Unabridged Mark Twain, Vol. 1
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This is essentially like most of the inexpensive but nice-looking collections of old literature that you see in book stores, with the leatherette covers and super shiny gilt page edges. Not super impressive, but looks good on the bookshelf.
The best part about this volume is that it contains the vast majority of Twain's works that most people would want to read, including Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, The Innocents Abroad, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court. It also includes some classic short pieces, like The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses. In total, there is relatively little chaff in here. There is a second volume to go with this one, but it is nowhere near as good.
If you want a good Twain collection to put on the bookshelf, I recommend this one.
This volume has Twain's best: Innocents Abroad, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn,
Prince & Pauper, Connecticut Yankee, Man Corrupted Hadleyburg.
Great short stories including Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
and Literary Offenses of Fenimore Cooper, etc.
A must have! Also recommended: Unabridged Mark Twain Vol.2
The first volume contains the works for which Twain is most famous, notably "Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"-- not to mention his hilarious essay, "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses."
If you are a Twain fan, having a copy of this book-- whether hardcover or soft-cover-- is well worthwhile. if you're not a Twain fan or are not familiar with his work, this is an excellent introduction to it. But be warned: It IS a very huge book, and you'd be well-advised to find a hard-cover copy if you can rather than a paperback version-- because if you fall under Twain's spell, you will want to read it again and again. I don't know how many times I've re-read both "Tom Sawyer" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but they never cease to delight.
Twain had a sharp mind, an acerbic wit, and a genius for lampooning the follies, foibles, and absurdities of his time and culture-- all in a wry manner that no doubt prevented the targets of his satire from realizing that they WERE being ridiculed. Although he has been accused of "racism" for his liberal use of "the N-word," it must be remembered that in his time, the word was commonplace and was not only the word blacks most commonly used to refer to themselves, but was the word most whites-- except for the most "proper" ones-- used to refer to blacks.Read more ›
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bought this book to replace ruined one, loved it and good condition. thanks great sellerPublished 6 months ago by Nicholsllona
I like having all the works in one book, I can keep track of what I read and the connection to the other works, enjoyable reading.Published on February 3, 2014 by Irene Gierzak