Who Is Mark Twain? (Hardcover)

By Mark Twain

Harper, 9780061735004, 240pp.

Publication Date: April 21, 2009

List Price: 19.99*
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May 2009 Indie Next List

“Mark Twain's unpublished writings give us a candid look at a writer already well known for his wit and irreverence. This new collection contains among its gems the rejected first draft of a lecture (including notes for an accompanying slide show), a political article thought too provocative for its time, and a story that prefigures Six Feet Under, thought too tasteless by Twain's family to publish. Great stuff from one of America's most celebrated men of letters.”
— Sean Chiki, The Booksmith, San Francisco, CA
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Description

“[Twain] was, in the phrase of his friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’... At the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American qualities: irreverence.”
Washington Post

“More than 100 years after [Twain] wrote these stories, they remain not only remarkably funny but remarkably modern.... Ninety-nine years after his death, Twain still manages to get the last laugh.”
Vanity Fair

Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely contemporary, amazingly relevant, and gut-bustingly hilarious.



Praise For Who Is Mark Twain?

“Who Is Mark Twain? is a refreshing reintroduction to both [Twain’s] critical analytical thought and his playful sense of humor.”

“Twain’s wit and lethally precise powers of description are on full display in Who Is Mark Twain?”

“More than 100 years after [Twain] wrote these stories, they remain not only remarkably funny but remarkably modern….Ninety-nine years after his death, Twain still manages to get the last laugh.”

“[Twain] was, in the phrase of his friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’…At the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American qualities: irreverence.”

“As funny and insightful as any of [Twain’s] published and well-known works, these essays take on the federal government, religion, race, fame, and even the literary canon with a sharp-eyed clarity we can chuckle over as we read while feeling uncomfortable knowing that they feel all too contemporary.”