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Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writingsby Mark Twain
If the only Twain you've ever read is Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, or Connecticut Yankee, this collection shall prove much more than surprising (either pleasantly or appallingly, depending on your sensibilities). Published posthumously despite the objections of his daughter (52 years after his death), Letters from the Earth is a series of imaginative short stories and anecdotes that proves Twain was as much an intellectual as he was a satirist. Always hilarious, and often scathing, in these uncensored writings Twain turns his unerring wit onto the likes of Christianity, god, "the damned human race," morality, etiquette, etc., While clearly an indictment of organized religion and the folly that is man, Letters from the Earth is also testament to the nearly limitless scope of his oeuvre. Read this book now and revel in the Twain your school curriculum did its damnedest to ensure you'd never find.
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"I have told you nothing about man that is not true" — you must pardon me if I repeat that remark now and then in these letters; I want you to take seriously the things I am telling you, and I feel that if I were in your place and you in mine, I should need that reminder from time to time, to keep my credulity from flagging.
In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History — reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny.
This exuberantly eclectic collection of Twain's writings includes parody, criticism, and commentary, all published after his death in 1910.
About the Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in the village of Florida, Missouri. He attended the ordinary western common school until he was twelve, the last of his formal schooling. In a span of fifteen years he was successively a typesetter, a steamboat pilot, a soldier for three weeks, a silver miner, a newspaper reporter, and a bohemian in San Francisco known as "Mark Twain." But in 1865, deeply in debt, he acknowledged a talent for "literature, of a low order, i.e., humorous." In the next forty years, he published more than a dozen books and hundreds of shorter works, including his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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