Letters From the Earth

Letters From the Earth

Uncensored Writings

eBook - 2004
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An ecclectic assortment of provocative essays, criticism, parody, commentary, and tales by the celebrated American humorist, all published after his death, encompasses such topics as English architecture, the civilization of the French, James Fenimore Cooper, etiquette, and the history of the world. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.


"I have told you nothing about man that is not true." You must pardon me if I repeat that remark now and then in these letters; I want you to take seriously the things I am telling you, and I feel that if I were in your place and you in mine, I should need that reminder from time to time, to keep my credulity from flagging.

In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History -- reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny.

Publisher: New York : Perennial Classics, 2004
Edition: 1st Perennial Classics ed
ISBN: 9780060518653
Branch Call Number: 818.409 T911L 2004
Characteristics: ix, 317, [2] p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: De Voto, Bernard Augustine 1897-1955


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Jul 07, 2008

I picked this up solely for the first story, "Letters from the Earth," but I ended up reading through the entire book and find I have a new appreciation for Twain's humor and satire. Letters was very entertaining, although the religiously inclined may not find it funny at all. However, I'm not, and I did! Some other portions worth a read include Eve's autobiography (revealing!), an amusing critique of James Fenimore Cooper's writing style, a parody of an etiquette manual, and The Damned Human Race, which demonstrates the 'descent' of man. Twain died in 1910, and this collection of essays and short stories was not published until 1962.

Oh, and Mark Twain referring to "hot young blossoms" amused me to no end.


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