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The American Claimant
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Published in 1882 by Charles L. Webster, The American Claimant was Twain's sixth novel. The plot deals with the existence of an American, Colonel Mulberry Sellers, who is the true inheritor to an... More > ancient British title. Through various pranks and escapades, Twain contrasts the attitudes and expectations of American and British aristocracy, the one moneyed the latter inherited, only to find them both essentially vacuous.< Less
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
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A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court is an 1889 novel by American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The work is a very early example of time travel in literature, anticipating by six years H. G.... More > Wells' The Time Machine of 1895. The novel explains the tale of Hank Morgan, a 19th-century citizen of Hartford, Connecticut who awakens to find himself inexplicably transported back in time to early medieval England at the time of the legendary King Arthur in AD 528.< Less
The Innocents Abroad
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The Innocents Abroad is a travel book by American author Mark Twain, which humorously chronicles what Twain called his "Great Pleasure Excursion" on board the chartered vessel Quaker City... More > (formerly USS Quaker City) through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of American travelers in 1867. It was the best-selling of Twain's works during his lifetime, as well as one of the best-selling travel books of all time. Innocents Abroad presents itself as an ordinary travel book based on an actual voyage in a retired Civil War ship (the USS Quaker City). The excursion was billed as a Holy Land expedition, with numerous stops and side trips along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, notably: train excursion from Marseille to Paris for the 1867 Paris Exhibition during the reign of Napoleon III and the Second French Empire journey through the Papal States to Rome side trip through the Black Sea to Odessa culminating in an excursion through the Holy Land.< Less
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: Dunda Books Classic
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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the town of "St Petersburg", inspired by Hannibal,... More > Missouri, where Mark Twain lived. Thomas "Tom" Sawyer is the title character of the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896). Sawyer also appears in at least three unfinished Twain works, Huck and Tom Among the Indians, Schoolhouse Hill, and Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy. While all three uncompleted works were posthumously published, only Tom Sawyer's Conspiracy has a complete plot, as Twain abandoned the other two works after finishing only a few chapters.< Less
A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur
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Published in 1889 by Charles L Webster, A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur was Twain's fifth novel and perhaps the strangest. The plot is confusingly introduced but details the actions... More > of a man called Hank who is sent back in time to early sixth century Britain where he becomes involved in King Arthur's affairs. By dint of his nineteenth century knowledge, the man is able quickly become a powerful influence on Arthur and his court. Twain's novel is often credited with being either the first, or else amongst the first, science fiction stories. The notion that it involves time travel as opposed to imagined time travel is less important than its explorations of what such an activity might entail and what might be possible given superior knowledge. However, it's safe to say that this wasn't Twain's intention, rather it was his purpose to ridicule notions of chivalry as he'd witnessed them during the Civil War.< Less
Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
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Published in 1896 by Harper Brothers following serialisation in Harpers Magazine, Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc was Twain's ninth novel and the one he considered his best work. Although the... More > Joan story is essentially true, this account by Twain is fictionalised, with the author – who kept his identity hidden for the serialisation – claiming that it had been 'freely translated' from an original manuscript by one Jean Francois Alden. While the plot is familiar enough – suffice to say that Joan doesn't come out of it in a great condition – the means by which the story is related is novel, with Twain inventing a page as the narrator who manages to be close to Joan from her childhood all the way through to acting as a defendant during her trial. As with A Connecticut Yankee, such a device does create problems with the plotting, but on the whole it works well enough to get Joan's story across on a personal level.< Less
A Double Barrelled Detective Story
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A Double Barreled Detective Story is a short story/novelette by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), in which Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the American west. The story contains two arcs of revenges. In... More > the primary arc, a woman was abused, humiliated and abandoned by her fiancé Jacob Fuller, while she bore his child. The child was born and named Archy Stillman and when he got older, the mother discovered that the child possessed an incredible ability of smell, like a bloodhound. The mother instructed her child, now sixteen, to seek out his biological father, destroy that man’s peace and reputation, hence extract satisfaction for her.< Less
A Horse's Tale
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Published in 1907 by Harper and Brothers, A Horse's Tale was the last novel written by Twain that was released in his lifetime. Written partially in the voice of Buffalo Bill's horse, Soldier Boy,... More > the plot follows eponymous creature to a fictional frontier post with the 7th US cavalry. The story was originally published in two instalments by Harper's magazine in 1906.< Less
Life on the Mississippi
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Published in 1883 simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom by James R. Osgood and by Chatto and Windus respectively, Life on the Mississippi was Twain's fifth travelogue book, a... More > count that includes the prior publication Old Times on the Mississippi, which was included as a distinct segment in this work. The book is in two essential parts, a recollection of Twain's time on the river as a steamboat pilot before the Civil War and a familiar travelogue of a trip from St Louis to New Orleans many years later. The second segment includes a number of 'stories' some or all of which may be fictionalised.< Less
The Prince and the Pauper
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Published in 1881 by James R. Osgood, The Prince and the Pauper was Twain's third novel coming after Tom Sawyer and before Huckleberry Finn. The novel relies on a plot devise – that the heir to... More > the throne and a pauper are such an exact physical match that they're able to swap places – to enable Twain to contrast life inside and outside the royal household. As such, Tom Canty, the pauper, enacts a brief life as the heir to the throne, witnessing and taking part in set piece activities including the death of the King (Henry VIII), while the real heir, Edward, sees for himself the poverty and despondency of life outside the palace walls.< Less
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