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Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race

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This wonderful book illustrates precisely why we can never have enough Twain. His humor is timeless, his wisdom about all things without equal.aKen BurnsMark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living is a real discovery as well as a delight. It brings us fresh material from an old friend, and rediscovers great moments from the long shelves of his published writings. It's the best, most reliable collection of Mark Twain as social observer, moralist, and comic genius.aBruce Michelson, author of Mark Twain on the Loose and Literary WitA delightful display of Mark Twain's wit and humor loosely tied together under the guise of an advice book. Containing some things old, some things new, some things borrowed (in parody), but nothing blue, this charming collection of old favorites and new releases will guide you through life's exigencies in fine spirits, if not in fine form. Twain's advice occasionally touches the sublime, but only in the form of the ridiculous. This is the perfect gift book for any aficionado of Mark Twain, any connoisseur of the risible, or any stuffed-shirt who needs to lighten up.aGregg Camfield, author of The Oxford Companion to Mark TwainTwain came to understand himself as 'a moralist in disguise, ' and this collection reveals that truth clearly, without jettisoning any of his humor. If you are wrestling with how to advance stimulating dinner conversation, what to do with unwanted magazine subscriptions, how to deal with the 'odious flummery' of fashion, or whether or not to bring your dog to the next funeral, Twain is here to offer his gentle guidance. Old chestnuts and surprising obscurities are provided in a refreshed context through the rich and illuminating annotations of the ever brilliant editorial team at the Mark Twain Papers.aJohn Boyer, executive director of The Mark Twain House and MuseumThis book serves up an elegant taste of Mark Twain's love for the food of the American South, spiced generously with his celebrated wit. Food lovers and humorists alike will revel in the timeless wisdom gathered here.aNathalie Dupree, television host and author of Nathalie Dupree's Southern MemoriesThis is a masterfully edited compendium that does Twain proud. It captures the note-taking, aphorism-creating, angry-letter-writing essence of Twain's brain in a way essential, I think, to understanding the man, and by extension, the history of the United States and the nature of life on Earth.aDave Eggers, editor of McSweeney's

Synopsis:

In this eccentric etiquette guide, aphorisms, suggestions, and cautionary tales culled from Mark Twain's personal letters, speeches, and novels are dispensed on topics such as dress, health, food, childrearing, and safety.

Synopsis:

Irreverent, charming, eminently quotable, this handbook--an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race--contains sixty-nine aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain's private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars. Culled from Twain's personal letters, autobiographical writings, speeches, novels, and sketches, these pieces are delightfully fresh, witty, startlingly relevant, and bursting with Twain's characteristic ebullience for life. They also remind us exactly how Mark Twain came to be the most distinctive and well-known American literary voice in the world. These texts, some of them new or out of print for decades, have been selected and meticulously prepared by the editors at the Mark Twain Project.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Everyday Etiquette

A Letter of Apology

About the Effect of Intemperate Language

Be Good, Be Good. A Poem

An Innovative Dinner Party Signal System

About American Manners

Breaking It Gently

Courtesy to Unexpected Visitors

At the Funeral

A Telephonic Conversation

2. Modest Proposals and Judicious Complaints

A Christmas Wish

Proposal Regarding Local Flooding

Complaint about Unreliable Service

Notice about a Stolen Umbrella

An Appeal against Injudicious Swearing

An Unwanted Magazine Subscription

On Telephones and Swearing

About the Proposed Street-Widening

Political Economy

Notice. To the Next Burglar

Suggestion to Persons Entering Heaven

3. The American Table

Memories of Food on an American Farm

American versus European Food

An Inauspicious Meal

A Remarkable Dinner

Food and Scenery

4. Travel Manners

Traveling in Close Quarters

Communicating with the Locals

A Night Excursion in a Hotel Room

5. Health and Diet

Young Sam Clemens and Old-Time Doctoring

The "Wake-Up-Jake"

A Healthful Cocktail

A Miracle Cure

Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup

Smoking, Diet, and Health at Age Seventy

6. Parenting and the Ethical Child

The Late Benjamin Franklin

On Theft and Conscience

On Training Children

A Sampling of Childish Ethics

Youthful Misdemeanors

Advice to Youth

7. Clothes, Fashion, and Style

A Fashion Item

The Hand of Fashion

That White Suit

Clothes and Deception

A Sumptuous Robe

8. In Case of Emergency

Playing "Bear"

An Apparition

The Great Earthquake in San Francisco

Escape of the Tarantulas

Burglary and the Well-Tempered Householder

Under a Policeman's Eye

About the Texts

Works Cited

Acknowledgments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520931343
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Literary Criticism : American - General
Editor:
Salamo, Lin
Editor:
Frank, Michael B.
Edited by:
Lin Salamo
Author:
Salamo, Lin
Author:
Twain, Mark
Author:
Lin Salamo
Author:
Project, Bancroft Library. Mark Twain
Author:
Fischer, Victor
Author:
Frank, Michael B.
Author:
Mark, Twain
Subject:
Literary Collections : American - General
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
American
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
eBooks
Language:
English

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Mark Twain's Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race
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"Synopsis" by , In this eccentric etiquette guide, aphorisms, suggestions, and cautionary tales culled from Mark Twain's personal letters, speeches, and novels are dispensed on topics such as dress, health, food, childrearing, and safety.
"Synopsis" by , Irreverent, charming, eminently quotable, this handbook--an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race--contains sixty-nine aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain's private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars. Culled from Twain's personal letters, autobiographical writings, speeches, novels, and sketches, these pieces are delightfully fresh, witty, startlingly relevant, and bursting with Twain's characteristic ebullience for life. They also remind us exactly how Mark Twain came to be the most distinctive and well-known American literary voice in the world. These texts, some of them new or out of print for decades, have been selected and meticulously prepared by the editors at the Mark Twain Project.
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