Punch, Brothers, Punch: The Comic Mark Twain Reader

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Taylor Trade Publications, 1977 - Humor - 489 pages
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Collects works, including perennial favorites and lesser known writings, that reveal and together celebrate Twain's genius as a humorist. Selections from The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, A Tramp Abroad, and many others.
 

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User Review  - JohnnyMcNugget - LibraryThing

I've had this book ever since I was a kid, and I always find myself coming back and reading it. A collection of his comic peices from his anthologies and memoirs, Twain's style really comes across well. My personal favorites are the "Practical Joke" and the "Interview." Read full review

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Contents

The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
1
Journalism in Tennessee
7
The Facts in the Great Beef Contract
13
How I Edited an Agricultural Paper
20
Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup
26
The Invalids Story
33
The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm
40
Playing Courier
47
Jim Bakers Bluejay Yarn
209
The Great French Duel
214
Cholley Adams
223
The Laborious Ant
227
Nicodemus Dodge
231
An American Party
235
American in Europe
244
Ascending the Riffelberg
252

The Fourth of July
61
Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims
64
Woman God Bless Her
69
Glove Purchase in Gibraltar
72
Parisian Shave
75
Billfinger
77
GuideEnglish
82
Shortage of Soap
85
A Sort of People
88
A Skinning
90
An Ancient Playbill
95
Guying the Guides
101
Turkish Bath
107
That Girl in Yalta
111
Jericho
113
A Party of Eight
115
King Solomoninallhisglory
117
A Fearless Man
120
The Benton House
125
The Great Pyramid of Cheops
128
Cookery Complaints
133
A Newspaper Valedictory
134
The Cayote
140
When the Buffalo Climbed a Tree
143
A Hundred and Ten Tin Whistles
148
A Genuine Mexican Plug
153
Mr Arkansas
158
The Great Landslide Case
162
Buck Fanshaws Funeral
167
The Story of the Old Ram
175
Fetch Her Out
180
Tom Quartz
182
Blanketing the Admiral
185
The Greeley Correspondence with Erickson
193
Markiss King of Liars
200
A Practical Joke
205
The Awful German Language
277
Keelboat Talk and Manners
295
An Incognito Exploded
307
The House Beautiful
312
Manufactures
317
The Art of Inhumation
320
Pap His Own Self
324
The Duke and the Dauphin
335
Curing a Cold
340
Aurelias Unfortunate Young Man
344
The Facts in the Case of the Senate Doorkeeper
347
Female Suffrage
352
The Facts Concerning the Recent Resignation
365
My Late Senatorial Secretaryship
372
Private Habits of Horace Greeley
378
Last Words of Great Men
382
A Mystery Cleared Up
386
The Late Benjamin Franklin
388
The Reception at the Presidents
391
The Widows Protest
396
About Barbers
397
A Burlesque Biography
401
An Encounter with an Interviewer
407
The Frog Jumping of the County of Calaveras
412
Punch Brothers Punch
418
Remarkable Gold Mines
423
A Petition to the Queen of England
425
A Cure for the Blues
430
Traveling with a Reformer
447
Fenimore Coopers Literary Offenses
461
My First Lie and How I Got Out of It
473
Amended Obituaries
481
Sources
485
Index of Titles
487
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About the author (1977)

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.

Charles Neider, 1915 - 2001 Charles Neider was born in 1915 in Odessa, Russia. At the age of 5, he and his family moved to the United States, settling in Richmond, Virginia. Neider later moved to New York and attended City College. In 1959, his most famous book was published entitled, "The Autobiography of Mark Twain," which was later named as one of the 100 Best Nonfiction books written in English during the 20th Century by the Modern Library. He has also edited and annotated around a dozen anthologies of Mark Twain tales, and edited the works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Washington Irving and Leo Tolstoy. Neider considered himself to be a naturalist as well as a writer. Between '69 and '77, he participated in three expeditions to Antarctica funded by the National Science Foundation and the United States Navy. He wrote about these trips in "Edge of the World: Ross Island, Antarctica" and "Beyond Cape Horn: Travels in the Antarctic." He also wrote of his own harrowing adventure when the helicopter he was flying in crashed on Mount Erebus in 1971. He wrote fiction about Billy the Kid, and the last book he wrote was a semi-autobiographical book about his struggle with prostate cancer. Charles Neider died July 11, 2001 at the age of 86.

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