Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches

Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches


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  • 448 Pages
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Overview

These short fiction and prose pieces display the variety of Twain’s imaginative invention, his diverse talents, and his extraordinary emotional range. Twain was a master of virtually every prose genre; in fables and stories, speeches and essays, he skilfully adapted, extended or satirized literary conventions, guided only by his unruly imagination. From the comic wit that sparkles in maxims from ‘Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar,’ to the parodic perfection of ‘An Awful – Terrible Medieval Romance,’ to the satirical delights of The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It; from the warm nostalgia of ‘Early Days’ to the bitter, brooding tone of ‘The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg’ to the anti-imperial vehemence of ‘To the Person Sitting in the Darkness’ and the poignant grief expressed in ‘Death of Jean’, Twain emerges in this volume in many guises, all touched by genius.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Suggestions For Further Reading

A Note On The Texts

Tales, Speeches, Essays, And Sketches

Letter from Carson City (1863)
Washoe.—”Information Wanted” (1864)
Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog (1865)
The Christmas Fireside: The Story of the Bad Little Boy That Bore a Charmed Life (1865)
Barnum’s First Speech in Congress (1867)
Cannibalism in the Cars (1868)
An Awful—Terrible Medieval Romance (1870)
The Tomb of Adam from The Innocents Abroad (1869)
Story of the Good Little Boy Who Did Not Prosper (1870)
Map of Paris (1870)
Buck Fanshawe’s Funeral from Roughing It (1872)
The Story of the Old Ram from Roughing It (1872)
Life as I Find It (1873)
Sociable Jimmy (1874)
A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It (1874)
An Encounter with an Interviewer (1874)
from Old Times on the Mississippi (1875)
The Boys’ Ambition
I Want to Be a Cub-Pilot
Perplexing Lessons
Continued Perplexities
The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut
(1876)
[Date, 1601] Conversation, as It Was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors (1876)
Whittier Birthday Speech (1877)
A Presidential Candidate (1879)
The Babies, As They Comfort Us in Our Sorrows, Let Us Not Forget Them in Our Festivities (1879)
A Cat Tale (ca. 1880)
Jim Baker’s Blue Jay Yarn from A Tramp Abroad (1880)
The Private History of a Campaign That Failed (1885)
Private History of the “Jumping Frog” Story (1894)
Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar from Pudd’nhead Wilson (1894)
Pudd’nhead Wilson’s New Calendar from Following the Equator (1897)
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1899)
My First Lie and How I Got Out of It (1899)
To the Person Sitting in Darkness (1901)
Corn-Pone Opinions (1901)
A Dog’s Tale (1903)
Eve Speaks (ca. 1905)
Seventieth Birthday Speech (1905)
Early Days (1907)
Little Bessie (ca. 1908-09)
“The Turning Point of My Life” (1910)
The Death of Jean (1911)

On Writing And Writers
Reply to the Editor of “The Art of Authorship” (1890)
What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us (1895)
Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences (1895)
How to Tell a Story (1895)
William Dean Howells (1906)
My Literary Shipyard (1922)

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