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Los mejores libros jamás escritos. «Dijimos que no había hogar como una balsa, después de todo. Otros sitios parecen estrechos y asfixiantes; pero una balsa, no.» Criticada y elogiada por igual, esta novela no solo constituye la culminación de la narrativa de Mark Twain, sino también el clásico por excelencia de la literatura estadounidense. Mark Twain, con su irónico sentido del humor y su prosa ágil y precisa, nos lleva por el Mississippi de la mano del inolvidable Huck Finn y su fiel amigo Jim, quien huye de la esclavitud. Novela sobre el racismo, la violencia, la amistad y la libertad en unos años turbulentos, Las aventuras de Huckleberry Finn es una lectura imprescindible a cualquier edad. La presente edición, en una traducción de José A. de Larrinaga, incluye el «Episodio de la balsa», un pasaje que Mark Twain decidió excluir persuadido por el editor de la primera publicación. Completa el volumen una esclarecedora introducción de R. Kent Rasmussen, uno de los máximos expertos en la obra de Twain. Roberto Bolaño dijo sobre Las aventuras de Huckleberry Finn...«Sobrevivir. Esa es una de las magias que el lector encuentra en esta novela. Capacidad para sobrevivir.»
Este es un clásico entre los clásicos de la literatura para niños. En él se nos muestran las más diversas aventuras de un grupo de amigos que comparten juntos sus sueños típicos de esa hermosa etapa, en un pequeño pueblo del Oeste. Peleas y juegos; travesuras. En medio de todo ese paraíso infantil se crece. La imaginación será el vehículo mediante el cual se explorarán todos los caminos de la vida, para finalmente aprender a interpretar el complicado mundo en que vivimos. Las ilusiones también despiertan aquí; los sueños se anticipan a la realidad. El niño se prepara para hacerse hombre ensayando las relaciones interpersonales que lo ayudarán a escoger un lugar entre los otros, auto reconociendo la fortaleza y la debilidad de su carácter para enfrentar al destino.
Una obra maestra de la literatura que ha fascinado y sigue fascinando a generaciones de lectores. «Solo me llamo así cuando me zurran. Cuando soy bueno me llamo Tom. Llámame Tom, ¿de acuerdo?» En Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer Mark Twain recreó una época de cercas enjalbegadas y picnics dominicales en la parroquia, cuando el trasiego de la vida desbordaba el Mississippi y la esclavitud estaba a la orden del día; eran los años del antebellum, antes de que la guerra de Secesión transformara la historia de Estados Unidos. Sin embargo, mientras Tom Sawyer forma una banda de piratas para ir en busca de un tesoro enterrado, o cuando está en casa compartiendo un brebaje con el gato de su tía Polly, lo que se proyecta no es solo el mundo rural de los estado sureños en el siglo XIX, sino la ilusión de una infancia eterna. La historia de Tom Sawyer es, en definitiva, el relato de la naturaleza humana cuando el mundo en el que juega pronto dejará de existir. William Faulkner dijo sobre Mark Twain...«El padre de la literature norteamericana.»
This unique collection of Twain's essential short stories and semi-autobiographical narratives is a testament to the author's vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog" and "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg," as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author's twilight years. These selections illuminate the depth of Twain's artistry, humor, irony, and narrative genius.
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATEDBY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIPA collection of short works by one of America's most revered, iconoclastic, and enduring voices¿Mark Twain.EACH ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives readers important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to help readers form their own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experienceEnriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential.SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON
This comprehensive volume of all of Twain's shorter works is representative of his vast humor and wit. "The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain" includes the following tales: The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, The Story of the Bad Little Boy, Cannibalism in the Cars, A Day at Niagara, Legend of the Capitoline Venus, Journalism in Tennessee, A Curious Dream, The Facts in the Great Beef Contract, How I Edited an Agricultural Paper, A Medieval Romance, My Watch, Political Economy, Science vs. Luck, The Story of the Good Little Boy, Buck Fanshaw's Funeral, The Story of the Old Ram, Tom Quartz, A Trial, The Trials of Simon Erickson, A True Story, Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup, Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls, The Canvasser's Tale, The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton, Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale, The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's, Mrs. McWilliams and the Lightning, What Stumped the Bluejays, A Curious Experience, The Invalid's Story, The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm, The Stolen White Elephant, A Burning Brand, A Dying Man's Confession, The Professor's Yarn, A Ghost Story, Luck, Playing Courier, The Californian's Tale, The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Esquimau Maiden's Romance, Is He Living or Is He Dead?, The 1,000,000 Bank-Note, Cecil Rhodes and the Shark, The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune, A Story Without an End, The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, The Death Disk, Two Little Tales, The Belated Russian Passport, A Double-Barreled Detective Story, The Five Boons of Life, Was It Heaven? Or Hell?, A Dog's Tale, The $30,000 Bequest, A Horse's Tale, Hunting the Deceitful Turkey, Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, A Fable, and The Mysterious Stranger. Nearly 500 pages of classic tales by one of America's most loved authors.
A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire.
Mark Twain's classic satirical tale of time travel and Arthurian legend Hank Morgan is a supervisor at a firearms factory in Hartford, Connecticut. Following a violent argument with a man named Hercules, Hank is surprised to find himself under an oak tree, staring up at a man on horseback in full armor. The year is 528, and Hank has somehow landed in King Arthur's Court in Camelot. Worse still, Hank is ridiculed by the boorish knights, brought in front of the Round Table, and sentenced to burn at the stake. Will Hank die at the hands of the Knights of the Round Table, or can his Yankee ingenuity save his hide? Mark Twain's seminal satire sends up the South's ridiculous preoccupation with chivalry, the Catholic Church, fear of science and progress, and dozens of other behaviors and beliefs. Credited as a foundational work of the time travel subgenre of science fiction, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is also a timeless comic classic. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
In this classic satiric novel, published in 1889, Hank Morgan, a supervisor in a Connecticut gun factory, falls unconscious after being whacked on the head. When he wakes up he finds himself in Britain in 528 -- where he is immediately captured, hauled back to Camelot to be exhibited before the knights of King Arthur's Round Table, and sentenced to death. Things are not looking good. But Hank is a quick-witted and enterprising fellow, and in the process of saving his life he turns himself into a celebrity of the highest magnitude. His Yankee ingenuity and knowledge of the world beyond the Dark Ages are regarded as the most powerful sorcery -- winning him a position of prime minister as well as the eternal enmity of a jealous Merlin. In an effort to bring democratic principles and mechanical knowledge to the kingdom, Hank introduces newspapers, telephones, bicycles, and other modern conveniences to the Britain of the Dark Ages. But when he tries to improve the lot of the common people, chaos and war result, giving a bittersweet tone to this comic masterpiece by one of America's greatest storytellers.
You might wonder what prompted Mark Twain to sidle from ""straight"" fiction into the realm of outright fantasy. Twain transports a Connecticut shop foreman twelve centuries into the past [and 5 000 kilometres!] to Camelot and Arthur's court. <P> <P> Initially confused and dismayed, Hank Morgan's Yankee practicality is quickly aroused and he becomes a major figure among the panopolied knights. With the title of The Boss, his rank equals The King or The Pope with its uniqueness. His elevation doesn't distract him from a more profound impulse, however. Hank's Yankee roots and wide experience evoke an ambition - nothing less than revolution. He wants to sweep away the monarchy and aristocracy and establish an American-style republic in Arthurian Britain. Mark Twain's scathing criticism of the sham of hereditary monarchy bolstered by an Established Church makes this among his choicest writings. He resents the condition of a Church which ""turned a nation of men into a nation of worms. "" A fervent believer in individual freedom, Twain uses Hank to voice his disdain of Britain's royalty. It's no more than might be expected of a man who boasted of but one ancestor - who sat on the jury that executed Charles I. Hank knows revolutions never succeed when implemented from above. Revolution be achieved only when the individual's attitude changes from meek acceptance to self assertion. Hank's method reaches people through clandestine schools and factories, publication of a newspaper and establishment of a telephone system. These new forms of manufacture and communication become the foundation by which Hank expects to abolish the ancient, mis-named, chivalric tradition. Does he change the course of history? Twain relocates the roots of American democracy from the heart of the frontier yeoman farmer to the brain of the urban industrial worker. Here the man of wide, practical experience shows how to survive compared to those with a formal education. Hank has a simple ambition - establishment of a republic - but utilizes a broad spectrum of ideas to bring it about. He would gladly replace the Established Church of Rome with his own Presbyterian ideals, but is aware that it would be swapping one evil for another. ""Each man should select his own religion, or make one"" he contends. Yet, finally, it is this dread force that impairs his desire for change. The final sequence stands as a peer to the biblical Armageddon, Twain wallowing in a frightful bloodletting unseen in any of his other works. Mark Twain contrasts the Reign of Terror of the French Revolution with the centuries of slavery, serfdom, and poverty that killed countless more people than that spasm of excising of aristocracy. What else spurred him to write of human rights with such passion? He had written of slavery before, but this book is especially wrathful in describing the ""peculiar institution"" eliminated in his homeland but a generation before. He forces the king to experience the slave's condition, a form of degradation he would have all aristocrats endure. Every feature of the human condition is examined in this timeless treasure. He challenges you to follow his gaze, considering whether today's societies, monarchical or not, will endure the scrutiny.
Hank Morgan awakens one morning to find he has been transported from nineteenth-century New England to sixth-century England and the reign of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Morgan brings to King Arthur's utopian court the ingenuity of the future, resulting in a culture clash that is at once satiric, anarchic, and darkly comic. Critically deemed one of Twain's finest and most caustic works, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is both a delightfully entertaining story and a disturbing analysis of the efficacy of government, the benefits of progress, and the dissolution of social mores. It remains as powerful a work of fiction today as it was upon its first publication in 1889.From the Trade Paperback edition.
WhenA Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Courtwas published in 1889, Mark Twain was undergoing a series of personal and professional crises. In his Introduction, M. Thomas Inge shows how what began as a literary burlesque of British chivalry and culture developed to tragedy and into a novel that remains a major literary and cultural text for generations of new readers. This edition reproduces a number of the original drawings by Dan Beard, of whom Twain said "He not only illustrates the text but he illustrates my thoughts. "
ENDURING LITERATURE ILLUMINATED BY PRACTICAL SCHOLARSHIP A nineteenth-century American travels back in time to sixth-century England in this darkly comic social satire. THIS ENRICHED CLASSIC EDITION INCLUDES: A concise introduction that gives the reader important background information A chronology of the author's life and work A timeline of significant events that provides the book's historical context An outline of key themes and plot points to guide the reader's own interpretations Detailed explanatory notes Critical analysis, including contemporary and modern perspectives on the work Discussion questions to promote lively classroom and book group interaction A list of recommended related books and films to broaden the reader's experience Enriched Classics offer readers affordable editions of great works of literature enhanced by helpful notes and insightful commentary. The scholarship provided in Enriched Classics enables readers to appreciate, understand, and enjoy the world's finest books to their full potential. SERIES EDITED BY CYNTHIA BRANTLEY JOHNSON
Mark Twain A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court Cracked on the head by a crowbar in nineteenth-century Connecticut, Hank Morgan wakes to find himself in King Arthur's England, facing a world whose idyllic surface masks fear, injustice, and ignorance. In this acclaimed tour de force, Mark Twain moves from broad comedy to biting social satire, from the pure joy of wild high jinks to deeply probing insights into the nature of man. Considered by H. L. Mencken to be "the most bitter critic of American platitude and delusion...that ever lived," Twain enchants readers with a Camelot that strikes disturbingly contemporary notes. With an introduction by Leland Krauth And an afterword by Edmund Reiss
Los mejores libros jamás escritos. «En un texto se puede encontrar cualquier cosa si uno se coloca entre él y el espejo de su propia imaginación.» Mark Twain afiló su narrativa y cimentó su éxito en el género del cuento. Sus relatos se caracterizan por unas tramas ingeniosas, una inventiva inagotable, unos personajes inolvidables, un genial sentido del humor y por su excepcional uso del lenguaje, que revela un vívido retrato de la sociedad de su tiempo. Genio y figura, el propio Twain defendía así sus relatos: «Me gusta una buena historia bien contada. Por esa misma razón, a veces me veo obligado a contarlas yo mismo.» Esta edición es la más completa de la narrativa breve de Twain. La componen todas sus piezas cortas, sesenta textos magníficamente traducidos. Asimismo presenta una excelente y esclarecedora introducción de Charles Neider, reconocido como uno de los mejores especialistas en la vida y la obra de este coloso de las letras. Ernest Hemingway dijo sobre Mark Twain...«La literatura estadounidense nace con Twain. No había nada antes. No ha habido nada igual de bueno desde entonces.»
Mark Twain es conocido por ser el autor de Las aventuras de Tom Sawyer y Huckleberry Finn, pero donde alcanzó las más altas cotas de genialidad es en el campo de la narrativa breve, y especialmente con el relato humorístico, al que elevó a la categoría de obra de arte. Con un trabajo narrativo artesanal, sus cuentos se caracterizan por la hábil confección de las tramas, sus personajes inolvidables, su arrasador sentido del humor y por un lenguaje vívido que retrata a la perfección la apasionante vida en la América del siglo XIX.
Comedy . Characters: 1 male, 1 female . Exterior Set. Originally broadcast on American Playhouse, this delightful adaptation is set in a Victorian garden and is structured as a series of diary entries by Adam and Eve. The play also works as a reader's theatre piece. At first, Adam is puzzled by the new arrival in the garden and he is suspicious of her disturbing appetite for fruit. Eve, believing herself to be some sort of experiment, is curious about another experiment in the garden, perhaps some sort of reptile or possibly architecture. Eve gives names to everything, much to Adam's annoyance. He tries to ignore her, so she seeks companionship among the animals particularly with a certain snake. Adam and Eve grow to love each other and, in the end, an elderly Adam is filled with a realization of that love as he stands at Eve's grave. "Sharp and resourceful...played with freshness and theatricality....charming." -Variety"...endearing...a reminder of Twain's storytelling genius and how much fun it can be...flavorful as apple cider, pungent, ironic." -The Los Angeles Times"Mark Twain isn't just for Hal Holbrook anymore. David Birney brings Mark Twain's words to life...in a romantic adventure for the ages." -Times Union, Albany, NY
«Me gusta una buena historia bien contada. Por esta razón, a veces me veo obligado a contarlas yo mismo». Con estas palabras Mark Twain, según Hemingway el padre indiscutible de la literatura estadounidense, defendía sus cuentos, hábilmente tramados, de inventiva inagotable y personajes inolvidables. El diario de Adán y Eva (1893-1905), una divertidísima y por tanto poco ortodoxa reconstrucción de la vida en el Jardín del Edén, es una excelente muestra.Este relato forma parte de la antología Cuentos selectos.
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America's greatest satirist sets his sights on England's most celebrated detective in this boisterous tale of revenge, murder, and the limits of logic Tortured, humiliated, and abandoned by her fiancé, a woman gives birth to a boy with an unusual gift. <P> <P> Blessed with a bloodhound's sense of smell, Archy Stillman can track a man clear across the country. His mother, who has spent sixteen years dreaming of vengeance, finally has the means to achieve it. She sets her teenage son on his father's trail with instructions to ruin the man as thoroughly as he ruined her. Years later, Archy has been swept up in the California Gold Rush when a deadly explosion rocks his mining camp. The accused, an English immigrant, begs the help of his visiting uncle: the legendary sleuth Sherlock Holmes. But the incomparable investigator will find that in the Wild West, his brilliant powers of deduction are no match for Archy's superhuman nose. A delightful send-up of the mystery genre, A Double Barrelled Detective Story is thrilling fun from first page to last. This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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