Letters From the Earth
Uncensored WritingsBook - 2004
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.