Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (18351910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an Americanhumorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Noveland The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is also known for his quotations.  During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, leading industrialists and European royalty.

Twain enjoyed immense public popularity, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature."

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  1. Huckleberry Finn
  2. Chapters from my Autobiography
  3. Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs' Court
  4. The Innocents Abroad
  5. A Tramp Abroad  (Sequel to The Innocents Abroad)
  6. Life on the Mississippi
  7. The Prince and the Pauper
  8. Roughing It
  9. The Stolen White Elephent
  10. Tom Sawyer
  11. Tom Sawyer Abroad  - a novel published in 1894. It features Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn in a parody of Jules Verne-esque adventure stories
  12. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
  13. Those Extraordinary Twins a story about Italian Siamese twins who completely take over a small Missouri town, splitting it down the middle with half supporting one head and the other, the other. 
  14. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
  15. The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories
  16. A Dog's Life
  17. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
  18. Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World
  19. A Ghost Story  (5th story in Ghost Story Collection 002)
  20. Taming the Bicycle  (9th story in Short Story Collection 001)
  21. James Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses  (6th  story in Short Story Collection 005)
  22. The One Million Pound Banknote  (5th story from Short Story Collection 029)
  23. A Fable  (4th story from Short Story Collection 38)
  24. The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime  (5th story from Short Story Collection 38)
  25. A Medieval Romance  (13th story from Short Story Collection 38)
  26. Running For Governor (16th story from Short Story Collection 38)
  27. Journalism in Tennesse  (10th story from Coffee Break Collection 001)
  28. My Watch  (14th story from Coffee Break Collection 001)
  29. The Invalid's Story   (8th story in Ghost Story collection 07)
  30. The Evidence in the case of Smith vs. Jones  (5th story in Short Story Collection # 040)
  31. The Great Prize Fight  (8th story in Short Story Collection # 040)
  32. The Califorian's Tale  (9th short story in Short Story Collection # 41)
  33. A Curious Dream  (11th short story in Short Story Collection # 41)
  34. Experience of the McWilliam's With Membranous Croup (10th story in Short Story Collection 42)
  35. Aurelia's Unforturate Young Man  (11th story in Short Story Collection 42)
  36. Sketches New and Old - A collection of 63 stories by Mark Twain which was published in 1875.
  37. Tom Sawyer, DetectiveThe sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  38. A Double Barrelled Detective Story - Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the American west.
  39. Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences - This is Mark Twain's vicious and amusing review of Fenimore Cooper's literary art. It particularly criticized The Deerslayer and The Pathfinder.  Offenses was often spelled "Offences" during Mark Twain's time.
  40. The Undertaker's Chat  [2nd story in Coffee Break Collection 04]
  41. Eve’s Diary - Eve's Diary is a comic short story by Mark Twain.  The "plot" of this novel is the first-person account of Eve from her creation up to her burial by, her mate, Adam, including meeting and getting to know Adam, and exploring the world around her, Eden.
  42. A Ghost Story (17th story from Ghost Collection # 10) 
  43. The Five Boons Of Life  (2nd story in 5th Anniversary Collection  3)
  44. An Interview With Mark Twain by Rudyard Kipling (8th story in short nonfiction collection # 18)
  45. Short Story Collection # 43:
    1. 7th story - The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut by Mark Twain 
    2. 9th story - How I Edited an Agricultural Paper by Mark Twain 
    3. 14th story - Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning by Mark Twain 
    4. 16th story - Nevada Sketches by Mark Twain 
  46. Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance -  a short volume, published in 1871, is Mark Twain's third book. It consists of two stories - First Romance, which had originally appeared in The Express in 1870, and A Burlesque Autobiography (bearing no relationship to Twain's actual life), which first appeared in Twain's Memoranda contributions to the Galaxy.
  47. The 30,000 Bequest and Other Stories - Over 30+ Other Short Stories.
  48. The Treaty With China - "A good candidate for 'the most under-appreciated work by Mark Twain' would be 'The Treaty With China,' which he published in the New York Tribune in 1868. This piece, which is an early statement of Twain's opposition to imperialism and which conveys his vision of how the U.S. ought to behave on the global stage, has not been reprinted since its original publication until now." 
  49. The Gilded Age - Mark Twain and Charles Dudley
  50. The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. The term gilded age, commonly given to the era, comes from the title of this book. Twain and Warner got the name from Shakespeare's King John (1595): "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess."
50.  A Horses Tale - Soldier Boy is the top steed at Fort Paxton. He is Buffalo Bill’s favorite horse and has led a life of glory and honor. One day General Alison’s orphaned niece arrives and proceeds to charm every man, woman, and beast for miles around including Soldier Boy. Buffalo Bill takes her under his wing and ultimately “lends” her Soldier Boy so that they may seek adventure together. And so they do. – “A Horse’s Tale” was first published in the August and September, 1906 issues of Harper’s Monthly magazine. 

51.  Newspaper Articles - This is a collection of 130 newspaper articles written by Samuel Clemens, for various newspapers, between 1862 and 1881. After Feb 3rd 1863, he began using the pen name Mark Twain.

52.  The Gilded Age, A Tale of Today -  Originally published in 1873, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is the only novel Twain co-wrote (C.D. Warner was a good friend and neighbor of the Clemens family in Hartford, and the collaboration sprang from their wive's challenge and encouragement). The title, "The Gilded Age" became synonymous with graft, materialism and corruption in public life, which are well represented in this work. Like others of his works, this one reflects truths about American Society that remain pertinent today. Many of the characters and incidents that occur in the Gilded Age had their real-life origins in Clemens relatives and history, a fact which he revealed in his newly published (2011) Autobiography.

53.  In Defense of Harriett Shelley - Mark Twain pulls no punches while exposing the "real" Percy Shelley in this scathing condemnation of Edward Dowden's "Life of Shelley". Even though, as Twain writes, "Shelley's life has the one indelible blot upon it, but is otherwise worshipfully noble and beautiful", Twain shows how Percy Shelley's extra-marital conduct might easily be seen to have been the cause of his wife Harriet's suicide.
Harriett Shelley reputation was blackened by Shelley's second wife Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein), by Mary's father William Godwin (political philosopher), and by Mary's daughter-in-law Jane, Lady Shelley.   Percy and Mary married in late 1816 after the suicide of Percy Shelley's first wife, Harriet.

54.  The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches - A collection of some of Mark Twain's more fanciful and eccentric works. They run the gamut from political commentary to our species' need to "be remembered" somehow. Taken as a whole the stories are "whimsical". Taken individually, they speak the truth in different ways. 

55.  Goldsmiths Friends Abroad Again This satire on the U.S.A.'s myth of being the "Home of the Oppressed, where all men are free and equal", is unrelenting in its pursuit of justice through exposure. It draws a scathingly shameful portrait of how Chinese immigrants were treated in 19th century San Francisco.

56.  Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to HeavenThis was the last story published by Twain, a few months before he died. The story follows Captain Elias Stormfield on his extremely long cosmic journey to heaven. It deals with the obsession of souls with the "celebrities" of heaven, like Adam and Moses, who according to Twain become as distant to most people in heaven as living celebrities are on Earth.

57.  A Horse's Tale -novel written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. With a fanciful mix of points of view, we hear the story of Cathy and her relationship with Soldier Boy and the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry. A surprisingly graphic depiction of a Spanish bullfight leaves no doubt where Mark Twain's sympathies lie.

58.  The Awful German Language - This long essay is a work of mock philology, one of several appendices to Twain’s travel novel, A Tramp Abroad. In it, Twain explains, complains about, and shows how one might improve upon various aspects of the (awful) German language.

59.  The $30,000 bequest and Other Stories - The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories is a 1906 collection of 30 comic short stories by Mark Twain. Published just 4 years before his death, this was the last time he chose works from throughout his career, in an effort to show the diversity of his style and the breadth and depth of his interests.

1st story-The Bee by Mark Twain 
4th story-The Death Of Jean by Mark Twain 
10th story-On The Decay Of The Art Of Lying by Mark Twain 
13th story-Taming The Bicycle by Mark Twain 
     a.The Loves Of Alonzo Fitz Clarence And Rosannah Ethelton     
     b. On The Decay Of The Art Of Lying
     c. About Magnanimous-Incident Literature
     d. The Grateful Poodle
     e. The Benevolent Author
     f. The Grateful Husband
     g. Punch, Brothers, Punch
     h. The Great Revolution In Pitcairn
     i. The Canvasser's Tale
     j. An Encounter With An Interviewer
     k. Paris Notes
     l. Legend Of Sagenfeld, In Germany
     m.Speech On The Babies
     n. Speech On The Weather
     o. Concerning The American Language
62.  What is Man? - The Essay “What is Man?”  was published in 1906, and is a dialogue between a young man and an older man jaded to the world. It involves ideas of destiny and free will, as well as of psychological egoism. The Old Man asserted that the human being is merely a machine, and nothing more. The Young Man objects, and asks him to go into particulars and furnish his reasons for his position. This collection of short stories covers a wide range of Twain's interests: the serious, the political and the ironically humorous. 
The other Essay’s are:  
b. The Death of Jean
c. The Turning Point of My Life
d. How to Make History Dates Stick
e. The Memorable Assassination
f. A Scrap of Curious History
g. Switzerland, The Cradle of Liberty
h. At the Shrine of St. Wagner
i. William Dean Howells
j. English As She is Taught
k. A Simplified Alphabet
l. As Concern Interpreting the Deity
m. Concerning Tobacco
n. The Bee
o. Taming The Bicycles
p. Is Shakespeare Dead?

63.  Old Times on the Mississippi - Book is a non-fiction work published in 1876. Originally published in serial form in the Atlantic Monthly, in 1875, this same work was published as chapters 4 through 17 in Twain's later work, Life on the Mississippi (1883). 

64.  Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion - Written for the Atlantic magazine in 1877, this is a collection of stories about a trip Mark Twain made with some friends to Bermuda. It contains fascinating descriptions of Bermuda the island, and some of its people as well as an explanation of why Bermuda's houses are "so white".

65.  The American Claimant - A 1892 novel that focuses on the class differences and expectations of monarchic, hierarchical Britain and the upstart, "all men are created equal" America.

66.  Essays On Paul Bourget - A collection of short essays concerning French novelist and critic Paul Bourget. Included: "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us" and "A Little Note to M. Paul Bourget".

67.  The Mysterious Stranger - A Romance - This is the final novel attempted by Mark Twain. It was worked on periodically from roughly 1890 up until 1910. The body of work is a serious social commentary by Twain addressing his ideas of the Moral Sense and the "damned human race". 

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

69.  Mark Twain's Journal Writings - Vol 1:  This collection of essays by Mark Twain are a good example of not only how prolific he was but also how he became a consummate marketer of his works. Many of his essays appeared alone, in magazines or newspapers, before being printed as chapters of his larger works while others were taken from larger works and reprinted in collections of essays.
Volume 1 contains these 11 essays: 1.) "Americans on a Visit to the Emperor of Russia." 2.) "The Austrian Edison keeping school again" 3.) "The Canvasser's tale." 4.) "The Czar's Soliloquy." 5.) "English as She is Taught." 6.) "Grasses in the South." 7.) "Hawaii." 8.) "A Helpless Situation." 9.) "How I Escaped being Killed in a Duel." 10.) "Important to Whom it may Concern." 11.) "Jim's Investments, and King Sollermun." 

-The £1,000,000 Bank-Note
-Mental Telegraphy
-A Cure for the Blues
-The Enemy Conquered; or, Love Triumphant
-About all Kinds of Ships
-Playing Courier
-The German Chicago
-A Petition to the Queen of England
-A Majestic Literary Fossil 

71.  Mark Twain’s Journal Writings Volume 2 - This second collection of essays by Mark Twain is a good example of the diversity of subject matter about which he wrote. As with the essays in Volume 1, many first appeared alone, in magazines or newspapers, before being printed as chapters of his larger works, while others were taken from larger works and reprinted in collections of essays:
01-02 - A Curious Experience - Part 1 & 2
03 - The Heart of a Humorist 
04 - How Tom Sawyer Got His Fence Whitewashed 
05 - Jim Smiley's Frog 
06 - Luck 
07 - A Dog's Tale 
08 - Lost in the Snow 
09 - Mark Twain on Overspeeding 
10 - A Medieval Romance 

72.  The Undertaker's Chat by Mark Twain (15th story from Short Story Collection # 54)

73.  The Babies  by Mark Twain (2nd story in Short Non-fiction #28)

74.  Mark Twain’s Journal Writings - Vol 3: This third volume of Mark Twain's journal writings continues on eclectic and varied path established by the first two volumes. Included in this collection are works that appeared by themselves in magazines during Twain's lifetime, as well as essays taken by editors and Twain himself from Twain's larger works, and re-published in collections of his stories. This volume includes the following works: "Buying Gloves in Gibraltar", "The great revolution in Pitcairn", "A Gift from India" [including editor's notes about Twain’s need to go on the lecture circuit, his authorship of Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc and other items], "From India to South Africa", "The Esquimau Maiden's Romance", "At the Appetitecure", "Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale", "Does the Race of Man Love a Lord?" 

75.  The Letters of Mark Twain (Complete) - These letters were arranged in two volumes by Albert Bigelow Paine, Samuel L. Clemens's literary executor, as a supplement to Mark Twain, A Biography, which Paine wrote. They are, for the most part, every letter written by Clemens known to exist at the time of their publication in 1917. They begin with a fragment of a letter from teenaged Sam Clemens to his sister, Pamela, and conclude with a letter to his attorney two weeks before his death.

76.  Mark Twain’s Speeches - Spanning the time between 1872 and the year before he died, this collection of after-dinner speeches, random thoughts to "the press", etc. documents, once again, the truly eclectic mind of Samuel Clemens. [See # 81 below for Speeches Part 2]

78.  How to Tell a Story and Other Essays - In his inimitable way, Mark Twain gives sound advice about how to tell a story, then lets us in on some curious incidents he experienced, and finishes with a trip that proves life-changing.
01 - How to Tell a Story, The Wounded Soldier, The Golden Arm 
02 - Mental Telegraphy Again 
03 - The Invalid's Story 

79. More Newspaper articles by Mark Twain - "More Newspaper Articles by Mark Twain" fills in the gaps left by the first collection of newspaper articles: "Newspaper Articles by Mark Twain" (See Number 51 above) . The missing articles, collected by, consist of works printed in the Muscatine Journal, the Keokuk Daily Post, the New York Sunday Mercury, the Golden Era, the Californian, The Daily Dramatic Chronicle, San Francisco Bulletin, the New York Herald and travel letters originally printed in the Chicago Daily tribune. 

80. Mark Twain: The Complete Interviews - This collection of the 258 known, publicly-printed interviews of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was compiled by Gary Scharnhorst and published by the University of Alabama Press. The interviews are in the Public Domain, and our thanks go to Gary Scharnhorst and the University of Alabama for making them available for this Public Domain audio recording.

81.  Mark Twain's Speeches, Part 2 - This collection of the 195 known, publicly-printed speeches of Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was compiled by Paul Fatout and published by the University of Iowa Press. The speeches are in the Public Domain, and our thanks go to the University of Iowa for making them available for this Public Domain audio recording. They were compiled in the University of Iowa Press book entitled "Mark Twain Speaking" and are arranged, chronologically, from Twain's first authenticated public speech in 1864, to his last speech, exactly 7 months before he died. Extensive analysis (for instance how other publications interpreted identical interview sessions), notes, appendix and index are included in the printed work.

Audios About Mark Twain by other Authors:
1.  My Mark Twain - William Dean Howells:
William Dean Howells (1837-1920) became fast friends with Mark Twain from the moment in 1869 when Twain strode into the office of The Atlantic Monthly in Boston to thank Howells, then its assistant editor, for his favorable review of Innocents Abroad. When Howells became editor a few years later, The Atlantic Monthly began serializing many of Twain’s works, among them his non-fiction masterpiece, Life on the Mississippi. 
In My Mark Twain, Howells pens a literary memoir that includes such fascinating scenes as their meetings with former president Ulysses Grant who was then writing the classic autobiography that Twain would underwrite in the largest publishing deal until that time. But it is also notable for its affectionate descriptions of his friend’s family life during Howells’ many visits to the Twain residences in Hartford and Stormfield.

2.  Mark Twain, Part 1 (16th essay by John Macy’s Spirit of American Literature)

3.  Mark Twain, Part 2 (17th essay by John Macy’s Spirit of American Literature)

4.  The Ordeal of Mark Twain by Van Wyck Brooks - This book, published in 1920, analyzes the literary progression of Samuel Clemens and his shortcomings (which are debatable). Brooks attributes Clemens' increasing sense of pessimism to the repression of his creative spirit due largely to his mother and his wife.