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Who is Mark Twain?

Author: Mark Twain; Robert H Hirst; John Lithgow; Ingram Digital (Firm)
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
Summary:
You had better shove this in the stove," Mark Twain said at the top of an 1865 letter to his brother, "for I don't want any absurd 'literary remains' and 'unpublished letters of Mark Twain' published after I am planted." He was joking, of course. But when Mark Twain died in 1910, he left behind the largest collection of personal papers created by any nineteenth-century American author. Here, for the first time in  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Additional Physical Format: Hard copy version:
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Who is Mark Twain?
New York, NY : HarperCollins, ©2009
(OCoLC)503560366
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Mark Twain; Robert H Hirst; John Lithgow; Ingram Digital (Firm)
ISBN: 9780061806186 0061806188
OCLC Number: 690903083
Notes: Title from title screen (viewed Feb. 4, 2010).
Essays selected by Robert Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley.
Downloadable audio file.
Title from title screen (viewed Dec. 2, 2010).
Duration: 5 hr., 10 min.
Performer(s): Read by John Lithgow.
Description: 1 sound file : digital
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.; System requirements: Ingram Media Manager (file size: 66370769 bytes).
Contents: "Stacks of literary remains" : a note on the text --
Whenever I am about to publish a book --
Frank Fuller and my first New York lecture --
Conversations with Satan --
Jane Austen --
The force of "suggestion" --
The privilege of the grave --
A group of servants --
The quarrel in the strong-box --
Happy memories of the dental chair --
Dr. Van Dyke as a man and as a fisherman --
On postage rates on authors' manuscript --
The missionary in world-politics --
The undertaker's tale --
The music box --
The Grand Prix --
The devil's gate --
The snow-shovelers --
Professor Mahaffy on equality --
Interviewing the interviewer --
An incident --
The jungle discusses man --
I rise to a question of privilege --
Telegraph dog --
The American press --
About Mark Twain.
Responsibility: by Mark Twain.
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You had better shove this in the stove," Mark Twain said at the top of an 1865 letter to his brother, "for I don't want any absurd 'literary remains' and 'unpublished letters of Mark Twain' published after I am planted." He was joking, of course. But when Mark Twain died in 1910, he left behind the largest collection of personal papers created by any nineteenth-century American author. Here, for the first time in book form, are twenty-four remarkable pieces by the American master-pieces that have been handpicked by Robert Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley. In "Jane Austen," Twain wonders if Austen's goal is to "make the reader detest her people up to the middle of the book and like them in the rest of the chapters." "The Privilege of the Grave" offers a powerful statement about the freedom of speech while "Happy Memories of the Dental Chair" will make you appreciate modern dentistry. In "Frank Fuller and My First New York Lecture" Twain plasters the city with ads to promote his talk at the Cooper Union (he is terrified no one will attend). Later that day, Twain encounters two men gazing at one of his ads. One man says to the other: "Who is Mark Twain?" The other responds: "God knows-I don't." Wickedly funny and disarmingly relevant, Who Is Mark Twain? shines a new light on one of America's most beloved literary icons-a man who was well ahead of his time.

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