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Mark Twain

  • Sketches New and Old | Mark Twain

    This collection of 63 writings by Mark Twain has among other sketches, it contains “The Jumping Frog” in the original English, followed by a French translation, which Twain re-translated into English, showing how the French translation of his work was “badly flawed.” In many of these sketches,...

  • Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven | Mark Twain

    Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven” is a short-story written by American writer Mark Twain. The story follows Captain Stormfield on his extremely long cosmic journey to heaven, his accidental misplacement, his short-lived interest in singing and playing the harp, and the obsession of souls...

  • In Defense of Harriet Shelley | Mark Twain

    Mark Twain pulls no punches while exposing the "real" Percy Shelley in this scathing condemnation of Edward Dowden's "Life of Shelley". Even though, as Twain writes, "Shelley's life has the one indelible blot upon it, but is otherwise worshipfully noble and beautiful", Twain shows how Shelley's...

  • Those Extraordinary Twins | Mark Twain

    "Those Extraordinary Twins" was published as a short story, separate and distinct from its origins inside Twain's "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson". As Twain explains, he extricated "Twins" from "Pudd'nhead" when he found, as he was writing, that he'd created a farce inside a tragedy. This is...

  • Life on the Mississippi | Mark Twain

    Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. A good portion of the work also deals with his post-war visit to the “old haunts”.

  • The Stolen White Elephant | Mark Twain

    In this Mark Twain short story an Indian elephant, en route from India to Britain as a gift to Queen, disappears in New Jersey. The local police department goes into high gear to solve the mystery but it all comes to a tragic end.

  • Tom Sawyer, Detective | Mark Twain

    Tom Sawyer, Detective is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer Abroad. Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder in this burlesque of the immensely popular detective novels of the time. Tom and Huck find themselves with Uncle Silas and...

  • The 30,000 Dollar Bequest and Other Stories | Mark Twain

    Bringing together 38 tales and sketches, The 30,000 Dollar Bequest provides a rare view of Twains work, covering virtually his entire career. Whether he is probing the dynamics of a marriage in "The 30,000 Dollar Bequest," or tapping into the nature of hierarchies of abusive power in "A Dog's...

  • Following the Equator | Mark Twain

    Following the Equator (American English title) or More Tramps Abroad (English title) is a non-fiction travelogue published by American author Mark Twain.

    Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to a failed investment into a “revolutionary” typesetting machine. In an attempt to...

  • 1601 - Conversation In The Time Of The Tudors | Mark Twain

    “1601,” wrote Mark Twain, “is a supposititious conversation which takes place in Queen Elizabeth’s closet in that year, between the Queen, Ben Jonson, Beaumont, Sir Walter Raleigh, the Duchess of Bilgewater, and one or two others … If there is a decent word findable in it, it is because I...

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