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    Post by aSmile on Sun Mar 02, 2008 7:08 am

    Mark Twain is a great writer I dream of reading all his novels, I read so far 4 of them and wish me luck to read the rest
    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, is a popular 1876 novel about a young boy growing up in the Antebellum South on the Mississippi River in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Tom Sawyer, a mischievous orphan taken in by his Aunt Polly, goes through a series of adventures involving his friends, Joe Harper and Huckleberry Finn. Tom is an escape master, and a professional trickster. He escapes punishment many times by his tricks. Though he is often foolish and unpredictable, he also is somewhat smart and has a good sense of humor. When not trying to win his sweetheart, Becky Thatcher, Tom is either getting into mischief or going on an adventure. Many times, Tom suddenly changes from his grinning self into a fearsome pirate or Indian. His laugh changes into a bloodcurdling yell or a barking captain's voice. Tom Sawyer's main doings are racing bugs, impressing girls with fights and stunts in the schoolyard, getting lost in a cave, and playing pirates on the Mississippi River. The best known passage in the book describes how Sawyer persuades his friends to whitewash, or paint, a long fence for him.
    The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner satirizing greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. The term gilded age, commonly given to the era, comes from the title of this book. Twain and Warner got the name from Shakespeare's King John (1595): "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." Gilding a lily, which is already beautiful and not in need of further adornment, is excessive and wasteful, characteristics of the age Twain and Warner wrote about in their novel.
    Although not one of Twain's more well-known works, it has appeared in more than 100 editions since its original publication in 1873. Twain and Warner originally had planned to issue the novel with illustrations by Thomas Nast. The book is remarkable for two reasons-it is the only novel Twain wrote with a collaborator, and its title very quickly became synonymous with graft, materialism, and corruption in public life.
    The novel mainly deals with the efforts of a poor Tennessee family to get rich by finding the right time to sell the 75,000 acres (300 km) of unimproved land acquired by their patriarch, Silas Si Hawkins. After several adventures in Tennessee, the family fails to sell the land and Si Hawkins dies. The rest of the Hawkins story line focuses on the beautiful adopted daughter, Laura. In the early 1870s, she travels to Washington, D.C. to become a lobbyist. With a Senator's help, she enters Society and attempts to persuade Congressmen to require the federal government to purchase the land.
    A parallel story written by Warner concerns two young upper-class men, Philip Sterling and Henry Brierly, who seek their fortunes in land a different way. They join a trip to survey land in Tennessee in order to acquire it for speculation. Philip is a good-natured but rather plodding fellow. He is in love with Ruth Bolton, a feminist and aspiring doctor. Henry is a natural lobbyist and salesman, charming but superficial.
    The theme of the novel is that the hope of getting rich through land speculation pervades society: this includes the Hawkinses, Philip and Henry, and Ruth's educated, wealthy father (who cannot turn down his acquaintances' money-making schemes).
    The Hawkins sections were written by Twain; these include several humorous sketches. Examples are the steamboat race that leads to a wreck (Chapter IV) and Lauras toying with a clerk in a Washington bookstore (Chapter XXXVI). Notable is the comic presence throughout the book of the eternally optimistic and eternally broke Micawber-like character, Colonel Beriah Sellers. (The character was called Escol Sellers in the first edition and changed when George Escol Sellers of Philadelphia objected. A real Beriah Sellers also turned up causing Twain to use the name Mulberry Sellers when writing The American Claimant.)
    The main action of the story takes place in Washington, D.C., and satirizes the greed and corruption of the governing class. Twain also satirizes the social pretensions of the newly rich. Laura's Washington visitors include "Mrs. Patrique Oreille (pronounced O-relay)," the wife of "a wealthy Frenchman from Cork." The book does not touch on other themes now associated with the "Gilded Age period and its literature, such as industrialization, corporations, and urban political machines. This may be because this book was written at the very beginning of the period.
    Laura fails to secure enough votes to pass a Congressional bill requiring federal purchase of the Hawkins land. She kills her married lover, and conveniently dies in jail. Washington Hawkins, the eldest son, who has drifted through life on his fathers early promise that he would be one of the richest men in the world, finally gives up the family's ownership of the still unimproved land when he cannot afford to pay the tax bill of $180. He appears to be ready to give up his passivity: "The spell is broken, the life-long curse is ended!" Philip, using his diligently acquired engineering skills, finds coal on land purchased by Ruth's father, seems to have won Ruth's heart, and seems headed for a prosperous and conventionally happy domestic life. Henry and Sellers, presumably, will continue to live gaily by their wits while others pay their bills.
    [Date: 1601.] Conversation, as it was the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors. or simply 1601 is the title of a humorous risque work by Mark Twain, first published anonymously in 1880, and finally acknowledged by the author in 1906.
    Written as an extract from the diary of one of Queen Elizabeth's servants, 1601 was, according to Edward Wagenknecht, "the most famous piece of pornography in American literature." It was more ribaldry than pornography, however; its content was more in the nature of irreverent and vulgar comedic shock than of "obscene" erotica. Nevertheless, in the United States, prior to the court decisions (1959-1966) that legalized the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover, Tropic of Cancer, and Fanny Hill, the book continued to be considered unprintable, and circulated clandestinely in privately printed, limited editions. Its characterization as "pornography" was satirized by Franklin J. Meine in the introduction to the 1939 edition
    The Prince and the Pauper is a novel by Mark Twain. It was first published in 1881 in Canada before its 1882 publication in the United States. The book represents Twain's first attempt at historical fiction. Set in 1547, the novel tells the story of two young boys who are identical in appearance: Tom Canty, a pauper who lives with his abusive father in Offal Court, London, and Prince Edward, son of Henry VIII of England.
    Due to misconceptions of each other's lifestyles, the boys exchange roles, with Tom Canty brought into the palace, and Prince Edward attempting to escape from the clutches of Tom's father. Finally Edward attaches himself to a discredited nobleman, Miles Hendon, who offers to help him return to the palace. Meanwhile, news reaches them that King Henry VIII has died and Edward is the rightful king.
    After a series of adventures, including a stint in prison, Edward manages to exchange places with Tom just as the latter is about to celebrate his coronation. Tom is eager to give up the throne, but the nobles refuse to believe that the beggarly child is the rightful king, until he produces the Great Seal that he had hidden before leaving the palace. Later, Miles is rewarded with a raised noble rank of an Earl and the unique family right to sit in the presence of the king. As for Tom, in gratitude in supporting the new King's claim to the throne, Edward names him "The King's Ward," a privileged position he holds for the rest of his life. In the end, Edward and Tom finally switch back and they all live happily for quite some time. In the afterword, it is mentioned that Edward dies at a young age.
    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) (often shortened to Huck Finn) by Mark Twain is commonly accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is also one of the first major American novels ever written using Local Color Regionalism, or vernacular, told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer and hero of three other Mark Twain books.
    The book is noted for its innocent young protagonist, its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River, and its sober and often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. The drifting journey of Huckleberry Finn and his friend, runaway slave Jim, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.
    The book has been popular with young readers since its publication, and taken as a sequel to the comparatively innocuous The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. It has also been the continued object of study by serious literary critics. Although the Southern society it satirized was already a quarter-century in the past by the time of publication, the book immediately became controversial, and has remained so to this day
    these are the ones that so far I have and read (but the last one I still didn't finish it )
    but there is other novels by him like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court The American Claimant Tom Sawyer Abroad Pudd'nhead Wilson Tom Sawyer, Detective Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc A Double Barrelled Detective Story Edmund Burke on Croker and Tammany A Dog's Tale The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories A Horse's Tale The Mysterious Stranger
    and he also has short stories like "General Washington's Negro Body-Servant" "My Late Senatorial Secretaryship" "Advice for Little Girls" "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" "The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" "The War Prayer" "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" "A Literary Nightmare" "Luck"
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    Post by Devil xA on Sun Mar 02, 2008 11:00 am

    YEA i wo wonderin when are u gonna post a story !

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