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  • Published: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780451530165
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 832
  • RRP: $13.99

The Signet Classic Book of Mark Twain's Short Stories



This richly entertaining and comprehensive collection presents sixty-five of the very best of Mark Twain's short pieces, from the classic frontier sketch 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' to the richly imaginative fable 'Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.' 

For nearly two decades before Mark Twain published his finest novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, he was refining his craft and winning tremendous popularity with his short stories and sketches. This richly entertaining and comprehensive collection presents sixty-five of the very best of Mark Twain's short pieces, from the classic frontier sketch 'The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County' to the richly imaginative fable 'Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.' Compiled by Pulitzer Prize–winning Twain scholar and biographer, Justin Kaplan, this collection represents some of Mark Twain's wittiest and most insightful writing.

  • Published: 4 January 2016
  • ISBN: 9780451530165
  • Imprint: Signet
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 832
  • RRP: $13.99

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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