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The Unabridged Mark Twain, Vol. 1

4.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0762401802
ISBN-10: 076240180X
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Product Details

  • 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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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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Format: Leather Bound
If you're here because you haven't read Mark Twain's novels and are considering it, then buy this or whatever you can find, and read it. That's probably not the case though, so I'll review this volume.

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.
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Format: Leather Bound
I've been reading Mark Twain for thirty years and always enjoy his sharp, acerbic wit and profound observations. The Unabridged Mark Twain is a collection of some of his best stories and essays dealing with life on the Mississippi River, travels, political commentary and general good fiction. I think one of the hallmarks of a good author is that their writings become timeless and issues pertinent then can be found today. Highly recommended reading.
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Format: Leather Bound
Samuel Clemens is one of the greatest American writers ever, and this collection contains most of his best work. It is better than volume II of the collection. I am working my way through the book again for the third time in 15 years. It is worth every penny you will pay for it.
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This volume of Twain's works has a great introduction by Kurt Vonnegut.
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
Splendid!
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Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book years ago, in "quality" paperback format from the Quality Paperback Book Club. However, paperback books just don't stand up to multiple readings the way hardcover books do, and the book eventually fell apart to the point that I could no longer repair it. I'm looking now to get a hardcover copy.

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.
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Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I would never be so presumptuous as to write a review of Mark Twain. I can only comment on the editor's presentation of Volume 1 of his complete works. Somehow, I came upon Volume 2 many years ago, and enjoyed it completely, to the point of saying, "I must get the first volume." I finally found it, to my ongoing contentment with the organization and presentation of this great man's works. The book is clearly laid out, background info is brief, but helpful, with no intent by the editor to add self-serving comments (which I hate). Volume 2 has been a traveller, going on vacations to Costa Rica, Alaska, Washington State, and many hours down by the Ohio River, which is 5 miles from my house. Volume 1 will now also join my travel club.
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