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  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451532206
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $9.99

The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories



The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories unites nine of master American humorist Mark Twain's most accomplished works.

The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut The Stolen White Elephant Luck The £1,000,000 Bank-Note The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg The Five Boons of Life Was It Heaven? Or Hell? The Mysterious Stranger

The Mysterious Stranger and Other Stories unites nine of master American humorist Mark Twain's most accomplished works. From tall tales of con men's tricks, such as the classic that brought him instant fame, 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,' to a man with no money (other than a £1,000,000 banknote that no one can cash), to an exposé of greed and hypocrisy in perhaps his greatest short story, 'The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,' Twain showcases his notorious humor—skewering policemen, clergymen, politicians, bankers, and others—and displays his changing attitude toward human nature. The finale is the novella The Mysterious Stranger, a rarity for Mark Twain in which he turns his sardonic, freewheeling wit on eternal evil in a distant time and place—and conjures a memorable, tormenting conclusion.

With a New Introduction by Jeffrey Nichols and an Afterword by Howard Mittelmark

  • Published: 30 January 2013
  • ISBN: 9780451532206
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 272
  • RRP: $9.99

About the author

Mark Twain

Mark Twain's real name was Sam Clemens, and he was born in 1835 in a small town on the Mississippi, one of seven children. He smoked cigars at the age of eight, and aged nine he stowed away on a steamboat. He left school at 11 and worked at a grocery store, a bookstore, a blacksmith's and a newspaper, where he was allowed to write his own stories (not all of them true). He then worked on a steamboat, where he got the name 'Mark Twain' (from the call given by the boat's pilot when their boat is in safe waters). Eventually he turned to journalism again, travelled round the world, and began writing books which became very popular. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are his most famous novels. He poured the money he earned from writing into new business ventures and crazy inventions, such as a clamp to stop babies throwing off their bed covers, a new boardgame, and a hand grenade full of extinguishing liquid to throw on a fire. With his shock of white hair and trademark white suit Mark Twain became the most famous American writer in the world. He died in 1910.

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