Master wit Mark Twain selected these twenty-seven stories himself by fifteen of his favorite nineteenth century authors. The order follows that which Twain placed them in in the original anthology, published in 1888. He indulged his comic fancy rather than making a textbook in which all themes or authors are placed together, saying that "This way, you will have to peruse the whole thing before discovering that one of your favorites is not included." However, it is no joke that these are the authors represented: Charles Dudley Warner, Thomas Bailey Aldrich, Eugene Field, William D. Howells, James M. Bailey, Joel Chandler Harris, Katherine Kent Child Walker, Robert J. Burdette, Sam Davis, Artemus Ward, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Francis Lee Pratt, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Frederick W. Cozzens, and Twain himself.
by Mark Twain
"We have here selections from Mark Twain's 1888 omnibus by some still familiar writers--Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oliver Wendell Homes, Twain himself--and some once familiar--Artemis Ward, Sam Davis et al. Readers steeped in the popular culture and quotidian life of the second half of the nineteenth century may prefer to read this book than to hear it. But others will appreciate the care with which the director and his cast strive for clarity and comprehension. They splash through the shallows of these pieces with broad strokes, an approach that yields mixed results. And while the talent, like the stories themselves, are unequally funny, they're uniformly energetic and expressive. Y.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine"
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