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The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (Art of the Novella)

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The Art of The Novella

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. The Art of the Novella collection celebrates this renegade art form and it’s most illustrious practitioners with 42 of the most famous novellas ever published. 

 

“Elegant-looking paperback editions…a good read in a small package.”

—The Wall Street Journal

 

The Art of the Novella collection includes one each of the following titles:

 

A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert

A Sleep and a Forgetting by William Dean Howells

Adolphe by Benjamin Constant

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Bartleby the Scrivener by Herman Melville

The Beach at Falesa by Robert Lewis Stevenson

Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

The Coxon Fund by Henry James

The Dead by James Joyce

The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy

The Devil by Leo Tolstoy

The Dialogues of the Dogs by Miguel de Cervantes

The Eternal Husband by Fyodor Dostoevsky

First Love by Ivan Turgenev

Freya of the Seven Isles by Joseph Conrad

The Girl with the Golden Eyes by Honore de Balzac

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Horla by Guy de Maupassant

How the Two Ivans Quarrelled by Nikolai Gogal

Jacob's Room by Virginia Woolf

Lady Susan by Jane Austen

The Lemoine Affair by Marcel Proust

The Lesson of the Master by Henry James

The Lifted Veil by George Eliot

The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg by Mark Twain

The Man Who Would be King by Rudyard Kipling

Mathilda by Mary Shelley

May Day by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Michael Kohlass by Heinrich Von Kleist

My Life by Anton Chekhov

The Nice Old Man and the Pretty Girl by Italo Svevo

Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley

Rasselas, Prince of Abyssinia by Samuel Johnson

Stempenyu: A Jewish Romance by Sholem Aleichem

Tales of Belkin by Alexander Pushkin

The Touchstone by Edith Warton

The Duel by Giacomo Casanova

The Duel by Joseph Conrad

The Duel by Anton Chekhov

The Duel by Heinrich Von Kleist

The Duel by Aleksandr Kuprin

 

“I wanted them all, even those I’d already read.”

Ron Rosenbaum

Synopsis:

"Why, you simple creatures, the weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire."

Written on hotel stationary while in Europe on the run from American creditors, soon after the death of a daughter, The Man That Corrupted Handleyburg is often cited as a work of bitter cynicism—a statement on America, to some, on the Dreyfus Case, to others—created by a weary author at the end of his career.

Another appreciation, however, is that it is, simply, Mark Twain at his best. The story of a mysterious stranger who orchestrates a fraud embarrassing the hypocritical citizens of "incorruptible" Hadleyburg. The novella is an exceptionally crafted work intertwining a devious and suspenseful plot with some of the wittiest dialogue Twain ever wrote. And like the most masterful literature, it subverts any notion of easy conclusion: is Hadleyburg ruined, or liberated? Is the mysterious stranger Satan, or a hero? Is this a book of revenge, or redemption? One thing is clear: This brilliant novella is a complex and compassionate consideration of the human character by a master at the height of his form.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

Synopsis:

Mark Twain's classic tale is a funny yet blistering indictment of political hypocrisy. A mysterious stranger is treated badly by the town of Hadleyburg-the town that proclaims itself "the most honest and upright town in the region."Through an ingenious sting operation, the stranger sets out to expose Hadleyburg's leading citizens and reveal their greedy, deceitful natures. Twain's burning wit and insight into political posturing and civic cowardice seem more pertinent than ever.

About the Author

Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, is one of America's greatest writers. He is the author of such classics as THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER and HUCKLEBERRY FINN and numerous other novels, stories, and essays. By the time of his death in 1910, he had achieved world-wide fame, and his works continue to be read and studied around the world a century later.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780976140795
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Author:
Various
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Art of the Novella
Publication Date:
20080131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
6.95x5.35x.19 in. .24 lbs.

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Product details 128 pages Melville House Publishing - English 9780976140795 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , "Why, you simple creatures, the weakest of all weak things is a virtue which has not been tested in the fire."

Written on hotel stationary while in Europe on the run from American creditors, soon after the death of a daughter, The Man That Corrupted Handleyburg is often cited as a work of bitter cynicism—a statement on America, to some, on the Dreyfus Case, to others—created by a weary author at the end of his career.

Another appreciation, however, is that it is, simply, Mark Twain at his best. The story of a mysterious stranger who orchestrates a fraud embarrassing the hypocritical citizens of "incorruptible" Hadleyburg. The novella is an exceptionally crafted work intertwining a devious and suspenseful plot with some of the wittiest dialogue Twain ever wrote. And like the most masterful literature, it subverts any notion of easy conclusion: is Hadleyburg ruined, or liberated? Is the mysterious stranger Satan, or a hero? Is this a book of revenge, or redemption? One thing is clear: This brilliant novella is a complex and compassionate consideration of the human character by a master at the height of his form.

The Art of The Novella Series

Too short to be a novel, too long to be a short story, the novella is generally unrecognized by academics and publishers. Nonetheless, it is a form beloved and practiced by literature's greatest writers. In the Art Of The Novella series, Melville House celebrates this renegade art form and its practitioners with titles that are, in many instances, presented in book form for the first time.

"Synopsis" by , Mark Twain's classic tale is a funny yet blistering indictment of political hypocrisy. A mysterious stranger is treated badly by the town of Hadleyburg-the town that proclaims itself "the most honest and upright town in the region."Through an ingenious sting operation, the stranger sets out to expose Hadleyburg's leading citizens and reveal their greedy, deceitful natures. Twain's burning wit and insight into political posturing and civic cowardice seem more pertinent than ever.
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