- Leather Bound: 676 pages
- Publisher: International Collectors Library (1957)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000OHZ4SM
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 6 x 2.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,292,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain (International Collectors Library) Leather Bound – 1957
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To save money, the margins run from 1/4 to 1/8 an inch. Not too bad on the outside edges, but on the inside edge near the spine the words are nearly hidden by the curve of the page. Either you break the spine to read the words, or you are forced to slide your thumb along the inner edge to reveal Twain's words. Find another edition.
This edition apparently reprints a collection published by Doubleday in 1957 and edited by Charles Neider. I assume that Neider contributed an introduction to the Doubleday volume, but it is not reprinted in this edition. That omission is unfortunate because, among other matters that might have been covered in that introduction, it is unclear whether this volume really does reprint every story Twain ever wrote. It would also have been nice to know where these stories were originally printed. The dates are given but the sources are only given for those stories reproduced from Twain's book "Roughing It." It also seems a curious decision to have labeled as short stories several excerpts from "Roughing It." If Neider decided to include excerpts from that book, why not include excerpts from other books? Perhaps he explained his reasoning in the missing introduction.Read more ›
These are some of the highlights, as I see it:
"The Story of the Bad Little Boy", an early version of Twain's comprehenisive pessism and it proves that there is really no such thing. There's optimism and there's realism. "A Day at Niagra", an obvious parody of his own early newpaper feature writing. Perhaps it was an abandoned assignment on a trip to the falls and Twain had such a bad time he wrote this vicious, sarcastic piece. There are numerous other wonderful stories along the way, hilarious, mean-spirited, touching, beautiful, gently humorous and smile factoring. After the dreadful 1890s of Twain's life (lost a wife, a daughter, a fortune and another kid got sick), sometimes a few of the stories are near-misses. Still always amusing, but something is missing. Then, at recurring times over the last decade of his life, Mark Twain got angry. He popped the blister that became "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyberg", a brutal profile of mankind's inate greed and selfishness and how there will always be someone out there to laugh and enjoy your misery. "The $30,000 Bequest" is a heart-breaking tale about delusion and wasted lives, and how even the thought of money corrupts absolutely. "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" is a mercilessly blasphemous account of Heaven being no different, really, from the earth, the same classist behavior, the same tragic dreams of a better life never to be had.Read more ›
As a collection this demonstrates the Everyman's Library's usual commitment to quality. In an age when too many volumes feel almost disposable, this one is designed to last with a lovely binding and high quality paper. The introduction hits the right tone for most readers, interesting without going too long or becoming overly academic. And, in my favorite feature of this series, the volume includes an excellent timeline that reviews Twain's personal and literary life as well as significant events of his day. While I cannot be sure, I do however, have a sense that some stories are in fact missing, though I will admit I may be mistakenly recalling some of Twain's more literary essays as fiction.
My favorite thing about this collection, however, is that it runs chronologically. Readers will find much fascination in watching Twain's evolution over time. Also of interest is how his politics creeps (and sometimes shrieks) from his stories; we've too often excised from this author the strong stances he took on the issues of his day, many of which continue to resonate in our own time.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What's not to like about Mark Twain? This you can pick up when you're short on time and need a light pick-me-up. Put a smile on your face and escape from politics.Published 2 days ago by Sue Warner
I have not read word for word, but enjoyed humor of years gone by.Published 26 days ago by Sharon Toland
Not a book to be read in one sitting. Various stories on various topics current at the time Twain wrote it.Published 1 month ago by LULUBELLE
I love Mark Twain so the content is great. I do have a problem with Bantum Books and how they produced the book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KCCloverleaf
Good stories, good plots and full of surprises. A lot of fantastic humour, grotesque and irony.Published 4 months ago by Slawomir Sobkowicz
Mark Twain (born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida Missouri in 1835-died in 1910) is the greatest and best known American author. Read morePublished 5 months ago by C. M Mills