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Alonzo Fitz and Other Stories

Mark Twain

Book Overview: 

A collection of Twain short stories including:
The Loves Of Alonzo Fitz Clarence And Rosannah Ethelton
On The Decay Of The Art Of Lying
About Magnanimous-Incident Literature
The Grateful Poodle
The Benevolent Author
The Grateful Husband
Punch, Brothers, Punch
The Great Revolution In Pitcairn
The Canvasser's Tale
An Encounter With An Interviewer
Paris Notes
Legend Of Sagenfeld, In Germany
Speech On The Babies
Speech On The Weather
Concerning The American Language

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Let me feel that you are near me! Tell me we shall never be parted more! Oh, this happy hour, this blessed hour, this memorable hour!"

"We will make record of it, my Rosannah; every year, as this dear hour chimes from the clock, we will celebrate it with thanksgivings, all the years of our life."

"We will, we will, Alonzo!"

"Four minutes after six, in the evening, my Rosannah, shall henceforth—"

"Twenty-three minutes after twelve, afternoon shall—"

"Why; Rosannah, darling, where are you?"

"In Honolulu, Sandwich Islands. And where are you? Stay by me; do not leave me for a moment. I cannot bear it. Are you at home?"

"No, dear, I am in New York—a patient in the doctor's hands."

An agonizing shriek came buzzing to Alonzo's ear, like the sharp buzzing of a hurt gnat; it lost power in traveling five thousand miles. Alonzo hastened to say:

"Calm yourself, my c. . . Read More

Community Reviews

In this collection, fans of Twain will surely enjoy reading his essays like "On The Decay of the Art of Lying," "About Magnanimous-Incident Literature," and "Concerning the English Language," and "Speech on the Weather." While some of the other stories here are not great, it's worth reading every st

I may read this again sometime, with sparknotes. Mark Twain was good for writing in his vernacular, and there was some language that was lost on me.

I added this to my nook after reading that the baroque/bluegrass band Punch Brothers took their name from the Mark Twain story "Punch, Brothers, Punch." The narrator of that story has read an advertising jingle (in this case a poem, not a bit of music) that he can't get out of his head; it plagues h

Maybe I'm just getting tired of the same old thing. Just ok.