Mark Twain One of the most enduring American novels of all time, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn follows the adventures of Huck Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi river on a raft--all in order to help Jim win his freedom from slavery. Told in Twain's unique style, Huck Finn's story is one of the greatest tales of love, respect, and human decency, told through the eyes of an unlearned, but big-hearted, boy.
Mark Twain Huckleberry Finn is the original American maverick. He chooses the things that feel the most comfortable for him, regardless of what others may say. But when he is forced to flee his home, and comes into company with Jim, a runaway slave, his sound heart collides with his ill-trained conscience. Together, Huck and Jim journey down the Mississippi River, on an odyssey that has become one of the finest American Classics in the world of literature. This timeless novel is performed by award-winning Classic Tales narrator B.J. Harrison. It is an event you won't want to miss.
Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer depicts the life of an imaginative, troublesome boy in the American West of the 1840s. The novel is intensely dramatic in its construction, taking the form of a series of comic vignettes based on Tom's exploits. These vignettes are linked together by a darker story that grows in importance throughout the novel - Tom's life-threatening entanglement with the murderer Injun Joe.
Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the first great American novels. The book is noted for its innocent young protagonist (Huck Finn), its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River, and its sober and often scathing look at the entrenched attitudes, particularly racism, of the time. The drifting journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.
Mark Twain Huck Finn is a homeless rebel who loves freedom more than respectability. He isn't above lying and stealing, but he faces a battle with his conscience when he meets up with a runaway slave named Jim. Jim is trying to escape to a free state in the North while his owner wants to sell him to a slave trader down river. Huck knows that helping Jim will bring trouble, but can he turn in a man who only wants to be free?To supplement the full text version of
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, listen to The SparkNotes Guide to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Mark Twain Mark Twain, America's acknowledged greatest writer of fiction, was a master of writing short stories as well as novels. Twain influenced almost every subsequent American writer, from Hemingway and Fitzgerald, to Cather and Robert Frost. These are four of his best short stories, starting with his most famous, "The Notorious Frog", and including three of his other favorites: "A True Story", "Niagara", and "The White Elephant". For students, this is a wonderful lead into Twain's great novels, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and the brilliant but often overlooked Puddenhead Wilson. Bill DeWees, our professional narrator, has just the right American voice for these great American stories.
Mark Twain Mark Twain's engaging novel about Tom Sawyer, a young, mischievous boy with a nose for trouble and a heart of gold. One of the most enduring American novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a jaunty, free-wheeling story that exemplifies the life of a young boy on the frontier in the mid 1800s.
Mark Twain A collection of 23 of Twain's funniest stories and essays, ranging from tongue in cheek to the fantastic. This collection includes:
"Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" (1865)
"The Story of the Old Ram" (Roughing It, 1872)
"Buck Fanshaw�s Funeral" (Roughing It, 1872)
"Tom Quartz" (Roughing It, 1872)
"What Stumped the Bluejays" (1880)
"Journalism in Tennessee" (1869)
"How I Edited an Agricultural Paper" (1870)
"The Facts in the Great Beef Contract" (1870)
"The Great Landslide Case" (1870)
"The Canvasser's Tale" (1845)
"The Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" (1876)
"Cannibalism in the Cars" (1868)
"My Watch" (1903)
"Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses" (1895)
"Political Economy" (1870)
"The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm" (1882)
"The Art of Authorship" (1890)
"A Genuine Mexican Plug" (Roughing It, 1872)
"Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup" (1875)
"First Interview with Artemus Ward" (1875)
"Punch, Brothers, Punch" (1876)
"To the California Pioneers" (1869)
"An Author's Soldiering" (1887)
Mark Twain The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It was also one of the first novels ever written in the vernacular, or common speech, being told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer. The book is notable for its innocent young protagonist, its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River, and its sober and often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly the racism of the time. The drifting journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.
Mark Twain Earphones Award Winner (AudioFile Magazine)
Audible is pleased to announce the premiere of an exciting new series, Audible Signature Classics, featuring literature’s greatest stories, performed by accomplished stars handpicked for their ability to interpret each work in a new and refreshing way. The first book in the series is Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, performed by Elijah Wood.
Ernest Hemingway said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn". One hundred years after its author’s death, this classic remains remarkably modern and poignantly relevant. In this brand new edition, Elijah Wood reads Huck in a youthful voice that may be the closest interpretation to Twain’s original intent. His performance captures the excitement and confusion of adolescence and adventure. Best of all, the immediacy of Wood’s energetic reading sweeps listeners up and makes them feel as though they’re along for the ride, as Huck and Jim push their raft toward freedom.
Stay tuned for more one-of-a-kind performances from actors Kenneth Branagh, David Hyde Pierce, Leelee Sobieski, and more, only from Audible Signature Classics.
Mark Twain If your best friend is named Huckleberry Finn, and there's a girl in your life named Becky Thatcher, a villain named Injun Joe, and you and your friends get into all kinds of mischief and adventures, then you must be that ever-lovin' charmer from Missouri, Tom Sawyer.
This exciting full-cast presentation is like nothing you've ever heard before!
Mark Twain Nothing defines Mark Twain better than The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The popularity of this classic continues to endure. Tom's antics and Twain's dialog need no description. And because of this colorful and sometimes controversial dialog, it is especially good and entertaining in an audiobook format. If you want to know what Mark Twain is all about, you just have to experience The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Mark Twain Here are five of Mark Twain's best short stories, including "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" - classic humor from the author of Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and other great American novels.
Mark Twain With his uniquely expressive voice, three-time Academy Award winner Paul Newman vividly brings to life the exciting tale of one of America's favorite heroes. Young Tom Sawyer, full of guts and determination, takes us on amazing adventures that are both touching and humorous, and at their most compelling in Newman's warm and charismatic performance. Produced in a simple manner that allows imaginations to soar, Mark Twain's marvelous enduring wit will charm the entire family. Destined to become an instant classic, this audiobook will help introduce your family to the unique pleasure of classic literature.
Mark Twain “I’ve struck it!” Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. “And I will give it away - to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.”
Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his “Final (and Right) Plan” for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion - to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment” - meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for 100 years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and unaware, and indifferent” and that he was therefore free to speak his “whole frank mind”.
The year 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Twain’s death. In celebration of this important milestone, here, for the first time, is Mark Twain’s uncensored autobiography, in its entirety, exactly as he left it. This major literary event offers the first of three volumes and presents Mark Twain’s authentic and unsuppressed voice, brimming with humor, ideas, and opinions, and speaking clearly from the grave, as he intended.
Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith and other editors of the Mark Twain Project.
Mark Twain (1835 - 1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He has been called not only the greatest humorist of his age but the father of American literature.
Mark Twain Las inmortales aventuras de un nino. Los navegantes de los rios del sur de Estados Unidos gritaban Mark Twain para indicar que habia suficiente profundidad para que sus barcos no encallaran y Mark Twain fue el seudonimo escogido por Samuel Langhorne Clemens para sus cuentos y novelas que retratan con un humor unico la vida rural de fines del siglo XIX. El autor fue marinero de rio, periodista y panfletista que con un estilo sardonico supo hacer descripciones que aun en nuestros dias, supuestamente mas sofisticados. Su obra mas conocida, Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer y su secuela Huckleberry Finn (ambas figuran en estas colecciones) son consideradas con justicia como pinaculos de la novela de Estados Unidos y ellas han deleitado y siguen deleitando generaciones de lectores. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is considered rightly as a pinnacle of the American novel. It has delighted and continues to delight generations of listeners.
Oliver Wendle Holmes, Edgar Allan Poe, Edward Everett Hale, Eliza Leslie, George William Curtis, Caroline M.s. Kirkland & Mark Twain Eighteen of the very best American short stories, each a classic in its own right.
Stories include "The Little Frenchman and his Water Lots", by George Pope Morris; "The Angel of the Odd", by Edgar Allan Poe; "The Schoolmasters’s Progress", by Caroline M.S. Kirkland; "The Watkinson Evening", by Eliza Leslie; "Titbottom’s Spectacles", by George William Curtis; "My Double and "How He Undid Me", by Edward Everett Hale; "A Visit to the Asylum for Aged and Decayed Punsters", by Oliver Wendell Holmes; "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", by Mark Twain; "Elder Brown’s Backslide", by Harry Stillwell Edwards; "The Hotel Experience of Mr. Pink Fluker", by Richard Malcolm Johnston; "The Nice People", by Henry Cuyler Bunner; "The Buller-Podington Compact", by Frank Richard Stockton; "Colonel Starbottle for the Plaintiff", by Bret Harte; "The Duplicity of Hargraves", by O. Henry; "Bargain Day at Tutt House", by George Randolph Chester; "A Call", by Grace MacCowan Cooke; "How the Widow Won the Deacon", by William James Lampton; and "Gideon", by Wells Hastings.
Mark Twain Huck Finn can no longer stand his life at home, so he fakes his own death. While camping, he discovers the runaway slave, Jim. Together, Huck and Jim travel down the mighty Mississippi River in a series of adventures with a cast of unforgettable characters.
Mark Twain A blow on the head sends a practical Yankee back in time to King Arthur's court in medieval England. There, his Yankee ingenuity and knowledge of scientific theories startle the Knights of the Round Table.
In the course of describing his hero's adventures, Mark Twain, the great satirist, takes the opportunity to make objects of mirth out of the ways of the Old World, the chivalry of knights, and the pomposity of kings.
Mark Twain Mark Twain's lively tale of the scrapes and adventures of boyhood is set in Missouri, where Tom Sawyer and his friend Huckleberry Finn have the kinds of adventures many boys can only imagine - along with trying to impress girls, especially Becky Thatcher; fights and stunts in the schoolyard; getting lost (and saved) in a cave; and playing on the Mississippi River.
Mark Twain Another of Mark Twain's best-selling yarns of skullduggery and mischief. Set in the deep South, Pudd'nhead Wilson is the central character as an attorney who solves a murder mystery and lays bare the wicked deeds of a larger than life ensemble of personalities in his own wry and peculiar way.
David Wilson is called “Pudd’nhead” by the townspeople, who fail to understand his combination of wisdom and eccentricity. He redeems himself by simultaneously solving a murder mystery and a case of transposed identities.
Two children, a white boy and a mulatto, are born on the same day. Roxy, mother of the mulatto, is given charge of the children; in fear that her son will be sold, she exchanges the babies.
The mulatto, though he grows up as a white boy, turns out to be a scoundrel. He sells his mother and murders and robs his uncle. He accuses Luigi, one of a pair of twins, of the murder. Pudd’nhead, a lawyer, undertakes Luigi’s defense. On the basis of fingerprint evidence, he exposes the real murderer, and the white boy takes his rightful place.
The book implicitly condemns a society that allows slavery. It concludes with a series of witty aphorisms from Pudd’nhead’s calendar.
Mark Twain One of the great literary classics of Western literature. Set in 1547, this is the tale of a London beggar boy and the English prince who exchange identities.
Mark Twain, real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), is one of the Great American Novelists. Friend to presidents, artists, indutrialists and European royalty, Twain is universally renowned for his wit and astute satire.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
Mark Twain < p>Tom Sawyer has a genius for trouble and adventure. Send the day painting a picket fence? No way! Tom has caves to explore, young ladies to charm and late night adventures with his best friend Huck Finn. But its not all fun and games for Tom - Injun Joe is looking for him - and he means to find Tom and keep him quiet for good!
Mark Twain Las inmortales aventuras de un nino. Los navegantes de los rios del sur de Estados Unidos gritaban Mark Twain para indicar que habia suficiente profundidad para que sus barcos no encallaran y Mark Twain fue el seudonimo escogido por Samuel Langhorne Clemens para sus cuentos y novelas que retratan con un humor unico la vida rural de fines del siglo XIX. El autor fue marinero de rio, periodista y panfletista que con un estilo sardonico supo hacer descripciones que aun en nuestros dias, supuestamente mas sofisticados. Su obra mas conocida,
Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer y su secuela
Huckleberry Finn (ambas figuran en estas colecciones) son consideradas con justicia como pinaculos de la novela de Estados Unidos y ellas han deleitado y siguen deleitando generaciones de lectores.
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is considered rightly as a pinnacle of the American novel. It has delighted and continues to delight generations of listeners.
Mark Twain Young Huck is an industrious, fiercely independent boy who escapes his abusive, drunken father and sets out on an unforgettable journey down the Mississippi River. Enjoying his freedom, he befriends a kindhearted slave named Jim, whose suffering teaches Huck powerful lessons about racism, personal liberty, and the complexities of life. Revolutionary for its realistic dialogue and uncompromising plot, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is arguably the greatest of all American novels, and a powerful sequel to Mark Twain's lighthearted classic, Tom Sawyer.
Mark Twain A true classic, and a search for America's soul, is given the reading of a lifetime by one of America's finest actors: two-time Academy Award-winner Jack Lemmon. Floating on a raft down the Mississippi with Jim, an escaping slave, Lemmon's Huck finds adventure, danger, and a cast of characters who are both menacing and hilarious. Mark Twain's marvelous, enduring wit will charm the entire family.
Produced in a simple manner that allows imaginations to soar, this audiobook is destined to become an instant classic. It will help introduce your family to the unique pleasure of classic literature.
Mark Twain Cast off on a raft with a runaway slave down the great Mississippi and a boy who couldn't dream of a greater adventure. With each bend of the river, each town, comes a chance encounter, perhaps with a king or duke wrapped in the schemes of scoundrels or a young girl caught amidst a family feud. On a journey with a friend dreaming of freedom, it's full of mischief, full of fun, and the adventures of a lifetime.
Mark Twain The Huck Finn of foreign correspondents provides a colorful account of old Honolulu, the island nobility, the City of Refuge on the Kona coast, and the active volcano of Kilauea. These selections of Mark Twain's newspaper dispatches are both charming and informative. The light touch of the great humorist is seldom missing as he reveals the "loveliest fleet of islands that lie anchored in any ocean". This recording evokes the historical era with the eye of a verbal artist and the voice of the performing artist.
Mark Twain A comical collection of four classic tales written by America's favorite author. Read with rakish mastery by Carol Eason, the stories include "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County", which concerns the controversial outcome of a frog jumping contest; "What Stumped the Blue Jay", regarding the plight of a particularly determined jay bird; "The Story of the Old Ram", where a group of miners gather to listen to a legendary tale; and "The Joke that Made Ed's Fortune", which concerns a devilish prank and its wry backfiring.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau & Mark Twain Hear some of the greatest American essays ever written! This unabridged collection covers a multitude of subjects, including philosophy, politics, turkeys, and dogs.
It includes Ralph Waldo Emerson's "Self-Reliance"; Henry David Thoreau's "Walking" and "Civil Disobedience"; Mark Twain's "Hunting the Deceitful Turkey"; Benjamin's Franklin's "Reply to a Begging Letter"; and Thomas Paine's "The American Crisis".
You'll also hear "The Union and Its New Constitution" by Alexander Hamilton; "The Art of Publicity" by P. T. Barnum; John Burroughs's "A Life of Fear"; Bradford Torry's "A Short Month"; Eugene Field's "Other People's Dogs"; and James Russell Lowell's "Abraham Lincoln".
Mark Twain Very few people know that Mark Twain wrote a major work on Joan of Arc. Still fewer know that he considered it not only his most important, but also his best work. He spent 12 years in research and many months in France doing archival work, and then made several attempts until he felt he finally had the story he wanted to tell. He reached his conclusion about Joan's unique place in history only after studying in detail accounts written by both sides: the French, for whom she raised an army to return the Dauphin to the throne; and the English, who fought the French in the Hundred Year's War and were ultimately Joan's executioners. This is a fascinating and remarkably accurate biography of the life and mission of Joan of Arc told by one of this country's greatest storytellers.
Mark Twain Pudd'nhead Wilson, like many other Mark Twain books, was read aloud by the author to his wife and daughters, chapter by chapter, as it was being written.
This humorous, dramatic, and sometimes shocking novel, set in the pre-war south, is the tale of Roxy, a beautiful and intelligent slave woman who contrives to save her own light-skinned child from being "sold down the river". She successfully switches her baby with the master's own child, starting a chain of events that lead to surprising and tragic results.
This book is considered by many to be Mark Twain's best book dealing with the cruelty, horror, and inhumanity of slavery in 19th century America. Pudd'nhead, the title character, not only provides humorous aphorisms and wry observations on the little river town, he also proves to be the catalyst that solves the mystery, radically changing the lives of all of those involved.
Interestingly, Mark Twain's use of fingerprints as evidence in a fictional criminal trial predated the official acceptance of such evidence in actual U.S. courts by two years.
This recording is a recreation of Mark Twain's own reading, just as his family might have heard the story for the first time in the family library.
Mark Twain A classic from Mark Twain. Two boys (one a prince, the other a pauper) exchange identities, and each finds a great learning adventure in Henry VIII’s England. Veteran actor Chris Hendrie brings the vivid characters to life with the insight and humor that only Twain’s genius can inspire.
Mark Twain Letters from the Earth is a collection of short stories written during a downtrodden period in Twain's life and published posthumously.
Here we see Twain on a somewhat personal level. Penniless and having just lost his wife and one of his children, Twain turns to writing about God, Christianity, and the many curious natures of man. This collection was so controversial that his daughter prohibited its publication until 52 years after his death.
Mark Twain Hank Morgan is a mechanic, an engineer, and a foreman at the Colt Arms Factory. One day he gets into an argument, "conducted with crowbars," with an employee known as "Hercules." A blow to Hank's head sends him back to King Arthur's England in the Sixth Century. Quickly becoming a newspaper tycoon, an inventor, a showman, politician, and one-man military industrial complex, Hank rises to a position of power second only to King Arthur himself, ultimately challenging all of knight errantry and even the established Church. A remarkably prescient tale, replete with brilliant humor, exciting action, biting satire, and awe-inspiring philosophy, this book shows off Mark Twain's full range of incredible storytelling gifts and his remarkable philosophies of economics, religion, and politics. This Mark Twain In Person Library recording is an approximation of Mark Twain's own voice, just as his family might have heard the story for the first time in the family library.
Mark Twain Leonidas W. Smiley would bet on anything. Horse races, dog fights, cat fights, chicken fights - all were fair game to the gambling nature of Smiley. But he meets his match when a stranger comes into town, and puts his champion jumping frog to the test.
Mark Twain In June 1867, Mark Twain set out for Europe and the Holy Land on the paddle steamer Quaker City. His enduring, no-nonsense guide for the first-time traveler also served as an antidote to the insufferably romantic travel books of the period.
“Who could read the programme for the excursion without longing to make one of the party?”
So Mark Twain acclaims his voyage from New York City to Europe and the Holy Land. His adventures produced The Innocents Abroad, a book so funny and provocative it made him an international star for the rest of his life. He was making his first responses to the Old World—to Paris, Milan, Florence, Venice, Pompeii, Constantinople, Sebastopol, Balaklava, Damascus, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem. For the first time he was seeing the great paintings and sculptures of the Old Masters. He responded with wonder and amazement but also with exasperation, irritation, and disbelief. Above all he displayed the great energy of his humor, more explosive for us now than for his beguiled contemporaries.
Mark Twain El muchacho que pudo surgir. Los navegantes de los rios del sur de Estados Unidos gritaban Mark Twain para indicar que habia suficiente profundidad para que sus barcos no encallaran y Mark Twain fue el seudonimo escogido por Samuel Langhorne Clemens para sus cuentos y novelas que retratan con un humor unico la vida rural de fines del siglo XIX. El autor fue marinero de rio, periodista y panfletista que con un estilo sardonico supo hacer descripciones que aun en nuestros dias, supuestamente mas sofisticados. Su obra mas conocida, Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer y su secuela Huckleberry Finn (ambas figuran en estas colecciones) son consideradas con justicia como pinaculos de la novela de Estados Unidos y ellas han deleitado y siguen deleitando generaciones de lectores.
Mark Twain The Diaries of Adam and Eve is Twain's humorous take on the myth of the Garden of Eden, as told by the participants. The joys and conflicts described will be familiar to all who labor with and love the opposite sex.
Mark Twain Perhaps the best-loved 19th-century American novel, Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure overflows with comedy, warmth, and slapstick energy. It brings to life an array of irresistible characters - the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky - as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave.
Below Tom Sawyer's sunny surface lurk hints of a darker reality, of youthful innocence and naïveté confronting the cruelty, hypocrisy, and foolishness of the adult world - a theme that would become more pronounced in Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Despite such suggestions, Tom Sawyer remains Twain's joyful ode to the endless possibilities of childhood.
Mark Twain "Being paid to perform such a gratifying activity as reading Mark Twain aloud felt powerfully akin to Tom Sawyer hoodwinking other boys into paying him for the privilege of whitewashing a fence. Let's keep that between us." (Narrator Nick Offerman)
With The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, not even Twain could have known that when he introduced readers to the inhabitants of the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, he would also be introducing two characters - one a clever and mischievous scamp, and the other a carefree, innocent ragamuffin - whose stories would ultimately shape the course of American literature. But whereas its sequel and companion piece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, would harken an end to childhood, the story of Tom Sawyer is one that depicts the excitement and adventure of boyhood along the Mississippi.
Revisit this enduring classic and you will be struck not only by Twain's skill at capturing a time and place so vividly but also by his uncanny ability to crystallize those oftentimes tumultuous and conflicting emotions that a child experiences at the precipice of adulthood: a longing to be free from the rules and obligations of adults while enjoying the laxity inherent in childhood; a love of all things macabre, like blood oaths, cemetery cures, and haunted houses, that reveal a true innocence - an unawareness of real-life consequences and one's own mortality; and the pangs of guilt when knowing the right thing to do and doing the right thing appear to be at odds.
A natural storyteller and raconteur in his own right - just listen to Paddle Your Own Canoe and Gumption - actor, comedian, carpenter, and all-around manly man Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) brings his distinctive baritone and a fine-tuned comic versatility to Twain's writing. In a knockout performance, he doesn't so much as read Twain's words as he does rejoice in them, delighting in the hijinks of Tom - whom he lovingly refers to as a "great scam artist" and "true American hero" - while deftly delivering the tenderness and care Twain gave to his own characters.
Mark Twain The idealized childhood of this fictional hero, based on Mark Twain's own early life along the banks of the Mississippi, is filled with robust good humor and high-spirited adventures. Yet there is also an in-depth experience of the central South of the 1840s - its dialects, superstitions, and social values. While romping through fun-filled fantasy, Tom Sawyer shows how morally complicated real life can be. In his unabridged reading of the American classic, actor Patrick Fraley crafts 36 authentic "voices" to represent the wide range of Twain's delightful characters.
Mark Twain Considered one of Twain's most important short works, The Mysterious Stranger tells the story of the devil coming to a medieval village in the persona of a beautiful, lovable, yet exasperatingly amoral young man. Befriending a small group of boys, Satan exhibits strange charm, compassion, and indifference as the tale comes to a surprising comclusion.
Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court tells the story of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century American - a Connecticut Yankee - who, after a blow to the head, awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England at the time of the legendary King Arthur.
The story begins in Warwick Castle, where a man details his recollection of a tale told to by a "curious stranger" who is personified as a knight through his simple language and familiarity with ancient armor. After a brief tale of Sir Lancelot of Camelot and his role in slaying two giants from the third-person narrative, the man named Hank Morgan enters and, after being given whiskey by the narrator, he is persuaded to reveal more of his story.
Mark Twain The Mississippi River, known as “America’s River” and Mark Twain are practically synonymous in American culture. The popularity of Twain’s steamboat and steamboat pilot on the ever-changing Mississippi has endured for over a century.
A brilliant amalgam of remembrance and reportage, by turns satiric, celebratory, nostalgic, and melancholy, Life on the Mississippi evokes the great river that Mark Twain knew as a boy and young man and the one he revisited as a mature and successful author. Written between the publication of his two greatest novels, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s rich portrait of the Mississippi marks a distinctive transition in the life of the river and the nation, from the boom years preceding the Civil War to the sober times that followed it.
Samuel Clemens became a licensed river pilot at the age of twenty-four under the apprenticeship of Horace Bixby, pilot of the Paul Jones. His name, Mark Twain, was derived from the river pilot term describing safe navigating conditions, or “mark two fathoms.” This term was shortened to “mark twain” by the leadsmen whose job it was to monitor the water’s depth and report it to the pilot.
Although Mark Twain used his childhood experiences growing up along the Mississippi in numerous works, nowhere is the river and the pilot’s life more thoroughly described than in Life on the Mississippi.
MARK TWAIN (1835–1910) was born Samuel L. Clemens in the town of Florida, Missouri. One of the most popular and influential authors our nation has ever produced, his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. He has been called not only the greatest humorist of his age but the father of American literature.