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Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays: Volume 1: 1852-1890 and Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays: Volume 2: 1891-1910 (Library of America)

Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays: Volume 1: 1852-1890 and Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays: Volume 2: 1891-1910 (Library of America) (Hardcover) by Mark Twain (Author)

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Product Description (Volume 1)

A collection of Mark Twain's early writings begins with his first published work at age sixteen and includes a dazzlingly varied array of tall tales, short stories, essays, anecdotes, hoaxes, speeches, philosophies, fables, satires, and maxims.

Product Description (Volume 2)

A collection of Twain's writings from his later years includes first-rate pieces that should be better known, as well as previously uncollected works that reflect the inner workings of one of the keenest minds in American history.

Contemporary Review

A notice of Recent Literature of a contemporary collection of Twain's sketches


Volume 1

5 out of 5 stars Mark Twain means "Deep Enough", July 17, 2001

By K. Zielinski (Detroit MI Area, United States) (REAL NAME)    

This book is a joy to read. Though not all the short works contained within are "classics", you will find satire, history, editorials, mischief, slices-of-life, without knowing by the title of any given work what you'll really be getting in the pages that follow (all part of Twain's desire to "stir the pot" and "zing" his readers)... As you will see from this book, Twain is not just a writer of the Mississippi River, but of Washington D.C., the Western U.S., Saloons, Trains, Parades, and much more. You won't be sorry with this high quality book.

4 out of 5 stars Mark Twain at his best, July 14, 2000

By Joaquin Jares (Argentina) (REAL NAME)    

This review is from: Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays: 2-volume set (Library of America) (Hardcover)

Mark Twain is well known for his Mississippi Novels and Historical Romances but it's on his Tales and Sketches where you can find the commical genious in him. It's in my opinion that it's an age span wich makes you like the most Tom Sawyer (8-12), The Prince and the Pauper (13-16) or The Diary of Adam and Eve (18-) and yet, in his complete tales you may find contents of interest for all kinds of readers. And you will never find a better edition than the one that Library of America has to offer. Hardcover, cloth wrapping and alk. paper makes the reading an extra pleasure over the one Mark Teain already gives you. Love Twain and love the edition. 

Volume 2

5 out of 5 stars Good enough to purchase twice!, May 3, 2006

By I. Peek (Newark, DE) (REAL NAME)    

I came across this book in a used bookstore on a college campus. I purchased it without more than a few quick page flips to see the type of content. It didn't really matter, though as Twain is my favorite author. The "student" who owned this book previously underlined several passages extensively, and sloppily at that. If they had spent time reading Twain instead of trying to underline every phrase, it might have made a difference. On the other hand, perhaps they were blind, and wanted to underling the important phrases. It makes half of the book virtually illegible. So I purchased it new from, along with the first volume, which I am sure will be as delightful.

This is a wonderful book (reading the legible half), and is now one of my favorites. Twain's essays and humorous bits are hilarious, and provide an excellent view into his opinions and life. His piece on cigars is hilarious, and the Adam's Diary selection is a must read.

5 out of 5 stars What a Character!, June 19, 2005

By Scott "Boom-Body" (Texas)

I've haven't even read one of Twain's novels, which no doubt makes me a heathen in the literary world, but I really enjoyed this collection of essays. Gosh, I would have loved to meet this guy. He seems as obnoxious as a professional wrestler, but has an uncanny talent for being right.

My favorite essay is, "A Cure For the Blues," where Twain endlessly rags on a popular author of the time. The guy may still be popular, I don't know, but Twain had plenty of reason to rag on him, and I really do consider Twain's critique to be a cure for the blues. It's hilarious.

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