The Comic Mark Twain Reader : The most humorous selections from his Stories, Sketches, Novels, Travel Books, and Speeches 038511334X, 9780385113342

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The Comic Mark Twain Reader : The most humorous selections from his Stories, Sketches, Novels, Travel Books, and Speeches
 038511334X, 9780385113342

Table of contents :
Cover
Inside Flaps
Back Cover
Title
Contents
Introduction, by Charles Neider
STORIES
┣━ The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
┣━ Journalism in Tennessee
┣━ The Facts in the Great Beef Contract
┣━ How I Edited an Agricultural Paper
┣━ Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup
┣━ The Invalid’s Story
┣━ The McWilliamses and the Burglar Alarm
┗━ Playing Courier
SPEECHES
┣━ The Fourth of July
┣━ Plymouth Rock and the Pilgrims
┗━ Woman, God Bless Her!
from The Innocents Abroad (1869)
┣━ Glove Purchase in Gibraltar
┣━ Parisian Shave
┣━ Billfinger
┣━ Guide-English
┣━ Shortage of Soap
┣━ A Sort of People
┣━ A Skinning
┣━ An Ancient Playbill
┣━ Guying the Guides
┣━ Turkish Bath
┣━ That Girl in Yalta
┣━ “Jericho”
┣━ A Party of Eight
┣━ King Solomon-in-all-his-glory
┣━ A Fearless Man
┣━ The Benton House
┣━ The Great Pyramid of Cheops
┣━ Cookery Complaints
┗━ A Newspaper Valedictory
from Roughing It (1872)
┣━ The Cayote
┣━ When the Buffalo Climbed a Tree
┣━ A Hundred and Ten Tin Whistles
┣━ A Genuine Mexican Plug
┣━ Mr. Arkansas
┣━ The Great Landslide Case
┣━ Buck Fanshaw’s Funeral
┣━ The Story of the Old Ram
┣━ Fetch Her Outl
┣━ Tom Quartz
┣━ “Blanketing” the Admiral
┣━ The Greeley Correspondence with Erickson
┣━ Markiss, King of Liars
┣━ A Practical Joke
from A Tramp Abroad (1880)
┣━ Jim Baker’s Bluejay Yarn
┣━ The Great French Duel
┣━ Cholley Adams
┣━ The Laborious Ant
┣━ Nicodemus Dodge
┣━ An American Party
┣━ American in Europe
┣━ Ascending the Riffelberg
┗━ The Awful German Language
from Life on the Mississippi (1883)
┣━ Keelboat Talk and Manners
┣━ An Incognito Exploded
┣━ The House Beautiful
┣━ Manufactures
┗━ The Art of Inhumation
from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884)
┣━ Pap, His Own Self
┗━ The Duke and the Dauphin
SKETCHES AND TALES
┣━ Curing a Cold
┣━ Aurelia’s Unfortunate Young Man
┣━ The Facts in the Case of the Senate Doorkeeper
┣━ Female Suffrage
┣━ The Facts Concerning the Recent Resignation
┣━ My Late Senatorial Secretaryship
┣━ Private Habits of Horace Greeley
┣━ Last Words of Great Men
┣━ A Mystery Cleared Up
┣━ The Late Benjamin Franklin
┣━ The Reception at the President’s
┣━ The Widow’s Protest
┣━ About Barbers
┣━ A Burlesque Biography
┣━ An Encounter with an Interviewer
┣━ The Frog Jumping of the County of Calaveras
┣━ Punch, Brothers, Punch
┣━ Remarkable Gold Mines
┣━ A Petition to the Queen of England
┣━ A Cure for the Blues
┣━ Traveling with a Reformer
┣━ Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offenses
┣━ My First Lie, and How I Got Out of It
┗━ Amended Obituaries
Sources
Index of Titles

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