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Mark Twain's Book of Animalsby Mark Twain
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For those unawareaas I was until I read this bookathat Mark Twain was one of America's early animal advocates, Shelley Fisher Fishkin's collection of his writings on animals will come as a revelation. Many of these pieces are as fresh and lively as when they were first written, and it's wonderful to have them gathered in one place. aPeter Singer, author of Animal Liberation and The Life You Can SaveaA truly exhilarating work. Mark Twain's animal-friendly views would not be out of place today, and indeed, in certain respects, Twain is still ahead of us: claiming, correctly, that there are certain degraded practices that only humans inflict on one another and upon other animals. Fishkin has done a splendid job: I cannot remember reading something so consistently excellent.aJeffrey Moussaieff Masson, author of When Elephants Weep and The Face on Your PlateShelley Fisher Fishkin has given us the lifelong arc of the great man's antic, hilarious, and subtly profound explorations of the animal world, and she's guided us through it with her own trademark wit and acumen. Dogged if she hasn't. aRon Powers, author of Dangerous Water: A Biography of the Boy Who Became Mark Twain and Mark Twain: A Life
Longtime admirers of Mark Twain are aware of how integral animals were to his work as a writer, from his first stories through his final years, including many pieces that were left unpublished at his death. This beautiful volume, illustrated with 30 new images by master engraver Barry Moser, gathers writings from the full span of Mark Twain's career and elucidates his special attachment to and regard for animals. What may surprise even longtime readers and fans is that Twain was an early and ardent animal welfare advocate, the most prominent American of his day to take up that cause. Edited and selected by Shelley Fisher Fishkin, who has also supplied an introduction and afterword, Mark Twain's Book of Animals includes stories that are familiar along with those that are appearing in print for the first time.
Table of Contents
Part 1. 1850s and 1860s : Bugs! ; Cruelty to animals I ; Jim Smiley and his jumping frog ; Fitz Smythe's horse ; Cruelty to animals II ; The pilgrim ; The dogs of Constantinople ; Syrian camels I ; The remarkable "Jericho" ; Pilgrims on horseback ; Arabs and their steeds — Part 2. 1870s and 1880s : The cayote, allegory of want ; With a flash and a whiz ; Syrian camels II ; The genuine Mexican plug ; The retired milk horse ; An invention to make flies curse ; Peter and the pain-killer ; The pinch-bug and the poodle ; Bugs and birds and Tom in the morning ; A cat-tale ; The presumptuous ravens ; Birds with a sense of humor ; The idiotic ant ; Cock-fight in New Orleans ; The Bricksville loafers ; A prescription for universal peace — Part 3. 1890s-1910 : Letters from a dog to another dog explaining and accounting for Man ; The phenomenal flea ; Huck kills a bird ; The bird with the best grammar ; Ants and the true religion ; The sailors and the St. Bernard ; Man's place in the animal world ; The marvelous moa ; The inimitable ornithorhynchus ; The laughing jackass of Adelaide ; The phosphorescent sea-serpent ; The independent-minded magpie ; The bird of birds ; The deadliest song known to ornithology ; The pious chameleon ; A pocketful of bat ; Hunting the deceitful turkey ; Letter to the London Anti-Vivisection Society ; The victims ; Extracts from Adam's diary, translated from the original MS ; Autobiography of Eve ; Rosa and the crows ; Assassin ; The jungle discusses Man ; The bee ; "Was the world made for Man?" ; A dog's tale ; Flies and Russians ; Eve's diary, translated from the original ; The supremacy of the house fly ; Mrs. Clemens corners the market in flies ; The Edisons of the animal world ; A horse's tale ; Man and the other animals ; The president hunts a crow ; The time I got an elephant for Christmas ; Little Bessie would assist Providence ; Letters from the Earth — Afterword.
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