Mark Twain’s Book of Animals

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Univ of California Press, 2011 - Literary Criticism - 344 pages
"For those unaware—as I was until I read this book—that Mark Twain was one of America's early animal advocates, Shelley Fisher Fishkin's collection of his writings on animals will come as a revelation. Many of these pieces are as fresh and lively as when they were first written, and it's wonderful to have them gathered in one place." —Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation and The Life You Can Save

“A truly exhilarating work. Mark Twain's animal-friendly views would not be out of place today, and indeed, in certain respects, Twain is still ahead of us: claiming, correctly, that there are certain degraded practices that only humans inflict on one another and upon other animals. Fishkin has done a splendid job: I cannot remember reading something so consistently excellent."—Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and The Face on Your Plate

"Shelley Fisher Fishkin has given us the lifelong arc of the great man's antic, hilarious, and subtly profound explorations of the animal world, and she's guided us through it with her own trademark wit and acumen. Dogged if she hasn't." —Ron Powers, author of Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain and Mark Twain: A Life
 

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Contents

Bugs
37
Fitz Smythes Horse
44
Syrian Camels I
51
The Cayote Allegory of Want
59
The Retired Milk Horse
67
The Pinchbug and the Poodle
73
The Presumptuous Ravens
84
The Idiotic Ant
90
Letter to the London AntiVivisection Society
139
Autobiography of Eve
149
The Jungle Discusses Man
155
Was the World made for Man?
161
Flies and Russians
174
The Supremacy of the House Fly
181
A Horses Tale
195
Man and the Other Animals
229

Letters from a Dog to Another Dog Explaining
99
The Phenomenal Flea
107
Mans Place in the Animal World
117
The Marvelous Moa
125
The Bird of Birds
131
Afterword
257
Note on the Texts
281
Acknowledgments
315
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About the author (2011)

Shelley Fisher Fishkin is Joseph S. Atha Professor of Humanities, Professor of English and Director of American Studies at Stanford University. She is the author of many books, including Lighting Out for the Territory: Reflections on Mark Twain and American Culture and Was Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices. She edited Is He Dead?, a new play by Mark Twain, and is also the editor of the 29-volume Oxford Mark Twain. Barry Moser is one of America's foremost wood engravers and is the proprietor of the Pennyroyal Press. Among the books he has illustrated are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Moby Dick, or The Whale, all from UC Press. The Mark Twain Project is housed within the Mark Twain Papers, the world's largest archive of primary materials by this major American writer.

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