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Mark Twain's Letters - Volume 5

Mark Twain

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. . .Nothing will check the lynchings and ruler-murder but absolute silence—the absence of pow-pow about them. How are you going to manage that? By gagging every witness and jamming him into a dungeon for life; by abolishing all newspapers; by exterminating all newspaper men; and by extinguishing God's most elegant invention, the Human Race. It is quite simple, quite easy, and I hope you will take a day off and attend to it, Joe. I blow a kiss to you, and am

Lovingly Yours, MARK. When the Adirondack summer ended Clemens settled for the winter in the beautiful Appleton home at Riverdale-on-the-Hudson. It was a place of wide-spreading grass and shade-a house of ample room. They were established in it in time for Mark Twain to take an active interest in the New York elections and assist a ticket for good government to defeat . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like all life's, Twain's was a rich evolution of character and concerns as reflected in this collection of his personal correspondence. Throughout, he maintains a wonderful sense of humour and phrasing that is compelling to his readers. His younger letters are playful whereas his older ones show a m

A fantastic, exhaustive collection of Twain's letters. It is, though, probably more than your average person would appreciate reading. So, even though there's really good letters in here, reading the whole thing is probably only for serious Twain-heads.

Not bad but a great bulk of the letters involve money matters and that sort puts me in snooze mode.

Wonderful insight into an interesting life.

4 1/4 stars