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The Jumping Frog and Other Sketchesby Mark Twain
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A much celebrated jumping frog, the lack of literature in a gold mining town, and castaways who eat their shoes to survive are among the stories contained in this volume. The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County brings to life the wild American West in the light and humorous spirit of Mark Twain’s early work. His first important work to have been published, the sketches arrived too late to be included in an edition on the Wild West by Artemus Ward, appearing instead in the New York Saturday Press in 1865 and launching the solid foundation of his fame and fortune. Mark Twain helped create and popularize American themes and language and is now one of America's most enduring voices in literature.
A much celebrated jumping frog, the lack of literature in a gold-mining town, and castaways who eat their own shoes to survive are among the subjects treated by the stories contained in this volume. The Jumping Frog and Other Sketches captures the light and humorous spirit of Mark Twain’s early work, inspired by his experiences in the mining districts of California and Nevada. These sketches became widely known in America, India, China and England and launched the solid foundation of the author's fame.
A much-celebrated jumping frog, the lack of literature in a gold-mining town, and castaways who eat their own shoes to survive are among the subjects treated in this volume.
Capturing the light and humorous spirit of Mark Twain's early work, these sketches became immensely popular and launched the author's fame.
About the Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (18351910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist, satirist, social critic, lecturer, and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The suppression of many of his works, his use of several pen names, and the vast amount of pieces he wrote have made it a continuing project to compile a complete bibliography, with some researchers still finding works by him. Such discerning critics as Andrew Lang and Ambrose Bierce called him the foremost man of American letters.
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