What is Man? and Other Essays

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The Floating Press, Aug 1, 2010 - Fiction - 436 pages
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Although Mark Twain is revered as a master of American fiction, he was also known in his time for possessing a remarkable facility with the essay form. This collection of surprisingly insightful non-fiction and fiction pieces showcases Twain's astounding breadth as a writer. A must-read for fans of Twain's no-nonsense prose.
 

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Contents

What is Man?
4
The Death of Jean
141
The TurningPoint of My Life
159
How to Make History Dates Stick
174
The Memorable Assassination
195
A Scrap of Curious History
211
Switzerland the Cradle of Liberty
223
At the Shrine of St Wagner
240
English as She is Taught
274
A Simplified Alphabet
304
As Concerns Interpreting the Deity
313
Concerning Tobacco
325
The Bee
330
Taming the Bicycle
336
Is Shakespeare Dead?
349
Endnotes
435

William Dean Howells
260

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Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled throughout the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, Gilded Age in 1873, which was co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

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