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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.
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. 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.
Mark Twain's comic short story is now available as an ebook, including an extended excerpt from Twain's End by Lynn Cullen, a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America's most iconic writer, Mark Twain, and his close relationship with his personal secretary.
Purportedly pages from Eve's (Garden of Eden) Diary "Translated from the Original." Eve expresses her thought about Eden and what's in it and about Adam.
This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain's private writings. Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets. These first-hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing. Mark Twain began to write "A Family Sketch" in response to the early death of his eldest daughter, Susy, but the manuscript grew under his hands to become an exuberant account of the entire household. His record of the childrens' sayings--"Small Foolishnesses"--is next, followed by the related manuscript "At the Farm." Also included are selections from Livy's 1885 diary and an authoritative edition of Susy's biography of her father, written when she was a teenager. Newly edited from the original manuscripts, this anthology is a unique record of a fascinating family.
Mark Twain toured the British Empire in 1895, during which time he began concocting a travelogue about the experience that was published in 1897. Twain's narrative spans the globe, from Australia to Hawaii. Full of tall-tales and real-life criticisms of imperialist arrogance, "Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World" is written with Twain's characteristic wit and enthusiasm for a good, entertaining story.
Quien habla es Satanás. No el ángel caído, según asegura él, sino un sobrino que se quedó en el cielo y que siente admiración por su popular pariente... Esta breve novela de Twain, publicada de forma póstuma, es una amarguísima reflexión en torno a la naturaleza del hombre, utilizando una vieja tradición de la sátira: presentar a un visitante exterior, libre de prejuicios, que observa las contradicciones de nuestra sociedad y la cobardía del hombre para afrontarlas. El visitante escogido tiene un carácter decididamente diabólico. Twain se decanta por un tono decididamente moralista. Que funciona, por fortuna, gracias al hecho de que la novela es breve, y por lo tanto no se convierte en un pesado discurso. Aquí nos lleva hasta el final del siglo XVI, en un apartado pueblito austriaco. Tres amigos adolescentes encuentran a Satanás -el presunto sobrino- y disfrutan de su compañía mientras éste, a la vez que les encandila con su hechizo, les muestra la cruda realidad de su tiempo y de nuestra especie: la hipocresía, la debilidad de la masa ante el agitador extremista -plasmado aquí en los cazadores de brujas-, la explotación del hombre por el hombre, la condición humana como inferior, en su capacidad para optar por el mal, a la de las propias bestias no guiadas más que por su instinto de supervivencia.
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are the embedment of young boys from a simpler time. Collected here in one omnibus edition are all four of the books in this series: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer Abroad, and Tom Sawyer, Detective. Over five hundred pages of delightful adventures. Follow Huck and Tom as they solve mysteries and face danger without fear. Exciting and wonderfully humorous. Mark Twain was a national treasure and these are his masterpieces.
An adulteress, a runaway boy, a terrified soldier, and a maltreated sailor-all the heroes of these must-read novels have become part of our American literary heritage.
These four landmark novels of nineteenth-century American literature have gained a permanent place in our culture as great classics. They are not only part of our national heritage, but masterpieces of world literature whose deep and lasting influence is felt to this day. The Scarlet Letter vividly records America's moral and historical roots in Puritan New England and masterfully re-creates a society's preoccupation with sin, guilt, and pride. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn carries readers along on Huck's unforgettable journey down the Mississippi in America's foremost comic epic--the first great novel in a truly American voice. The Red Badge of Courage re-creates the brutal reality of war and its psychological impact on a young Civil War soldier in one of the most moving and widely read American novels. Billy Budd, Sailor, joins the world's great tragic literature as a doomed seaman becomes the innocent victim of a clash between social authority and individual freedom. From the Paperback edition.
First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America-an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peacetime optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their own time in a work which endures as a valuable social document and one of America's most important satirical novels.
"The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today" is the collaborative work of Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirized the era of political greed and corruption that followed the American Civil War. This period is often referred to as "The Gilded Age" because of this book. The corruption and greed that was typical of the era is exemplified through two fictional narratives; one of the Hawkins family, a poor family from Tennessee who try to get the government to purchase their 75,000 acres of unimproved land; and of Philip Sterling and Henry Brierly, two young upper-class men who seek their fortune in land as well.