The Selected Letters of Mark Twain

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9780060149468: The Selected Letters of Mark Twain

Spanning over half a century, this marvelous collection of letters by the great American humorist and novelist Mark Twain, a. k. a. Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), encompasses his many careers and roles: riverboat pilot, Confederate soldier, gold prospector, journalist, author, publisher, lecturer, world traveler, philosopher, husband, father, friend.

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During his remarkable life, Charles Neider (1915-2001) edited many books, including Antarctica: Firsthand Accounts of Exploration and Endurance, The Travels of Mark Twain, Life As I Find It: A Treasury of Mark Twain Rarities, Tolstoy: Tales of Courage and Conflict, Essays of the Masters, and many others. In addition to these titles, Cooper Square Press has also published Neider's The Grotto Berg: Two Novellas. His memoir Adam's Burden: An Explorer's Personal Odyssey Through Prostate Cancer was published earlier this year by Madison Books.

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Twain is the most amusing and graceful of correspondents. Some of his best comic prose is in these letters. (Newsweek)

[An] excellent collection.... What strikes one about the letters is the wonderful flexibility with which Twain used language. He could convey anything—love, indignation, a comic situation, the ruefulness of old age—with seeming naturalness and lack of conscious art. Because of this spontaneity, reading the book, which amounts to an autobiography, gives on an odd feeling of Twain's presence. (The New Yorker)

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