The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

According to an LA Times, May 14, 2014 article, the following entry came from a notebook of a gold seeking prospector, Samuel Clemens, in 1864. "Coleman with his jumping...

Who Is Mark Twain?

“[Twain] was, in the phrase of his friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’... At the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American...

Anti-imperialist Writings

This is a collection of Mark Twain's anti-imperialist writings (newspaper articles, interviews, speeches, letters, essays and pamphlets).

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (published 1876) is a very well-known and popular story concerning American youth. Mark Twain's lively tale of the scrapes and adventures of boyhood...

The Prince and the Pauper

Tom Canty, a boy of the London slums, and Edward Tudor, a boy destined to be King of England, were born on the same day. Though worlds apart, they were so amazingly similar in...

Life on the Mississippi

In Life on the Mississippi, the great American humorist Mark Twain recounts his journeys on the mighty Mississippi river. Covering the beginnings of his career as steamboat pilot,...

Concerning the American Language

Mark Twain (Samuel Lengkhorn Clemens) was an American writer. In 1857 he became a pilot's pupil, achieving his dream. Having written some humoresques for a newspaper in Virginia...

The Danger of Lying in Bed

Mark Twain is one of the greatest American writers of all times. Sometimes he is even called “the father of American literature”. Millions of adults and children all over the...

Chapters from My Autobiography

Mark Twain expected to create a new form of autobiography in which "I shall talk about the matter which for the moment interests me, and cast it aside and talk about something...

Cannibalism in the Cars

Mark Twain's brilliant tale of a train stuck on the prairie in a snowdrift, where the starving passengers resort to a daily ballot to select which fellow traveller will be...

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