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This is an auction for A TREASURY OF MARK TWAIN.

This is a Folio Society hardback.

Introduction by Roy Blount Jnr.

Illustrations by Rod Waters. review:

"In these stories, satires, travel pieces, speeches, letters and anecdotes, Mark Twain pokes fun at himself and other Americans in places as diverse as the Mississippi riverboats and the castles of Europe. In his time, Mrk Twain was known variously as the American Rabelais, the American Cervantes, and the American Dickens, but none of these definitions do him justice; he was the one and only American Mark Twain, humourist par excellence. Our Treasury is a collection of vintage Twain. Here are excerpts from longer works, like Tom Sawyer whitewashing his fence, as well as a host of less well-known though equally funny pieces, like Concerning Chambermaids’, ‘Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences’ and the delightfully self-mocking ‘An Item Which the Editor Himself Could Not Understand’. Twain also enjoyed ethical dilemmas. In ‘The £1,000,000 Bank Note’, a penniless American in London receives an eccentric gift with a sting in the tail; in ‘The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg’, an honest town is seduced by the arrival of a mysterious sack of gold. But in the end, ‘It is an honest town once more, and the man will have to rise early that catches it napping again.’ This ending, like all the writings gathered here, sums up Mark Twain’s uniquely irresistible combination of innocent, homespun wisdom and wickedly dry wit."

Folio Society hardback 1999.

266 pages.

New condition.

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