Top 10 Books About Mark Twain"s Letters

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Mark Twain was one of the most famous American writers, famous for his wit and wisdom, made evident in novels like "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," as well as his travel writings, essays, and letters. With these books, you'll read more of the letters from Mark Twain.

1. Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings

by Mark Twain, Van Dusen (Editor). HarperCollins Publishers. From the publisher: "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."

2. Complete Letters of Mark Twain

by Mark Twain. Lightning Source. This collection offers a comprehensive source for Mark Twain's letters.More »

3. Mark Twain's Letters, Vol. 1: 1853-1866

by Mark Twain. University of California Press. From the publisher: "This volume includes every known letter written by Samuel L. Clemens between the ages of seventeen and thirty-one--the period of life in which he became Mark Twain and from which he garnered (in Justin Kaplan's words) his 'basic endowment in raw experience' and his favorite subject.'

4. Mark Twain's Letters, Vol. 2: 1867-1868

by Mark Twain. University of California Press. From the publisher: "Here is young Sam Clemens--in the world, getting famous, making love--in 155 magnificently edited letters that trace his remarkable self-transformation from a footloose, irreverent West Coast journalist to a popular lecturer and author of 'The Jumping Frog,' soon to be a national and international celebrity."

5. Mark Twain's Letters, Vol. 3: 1869

by Mark Twain. University of California Press. From the publisher: "The 188 superbly edited letters gathered here show Samuel Clemens having few idle moments in 1869. When he was not relentlessly 'banged about from town to town' on the lecture circuit or busily revising The Innocents Abroad, the book that would make his reputation, he was writing impassioned letters to Olivia."

6. Mark Twain's Letters, Vol. 4: 1870-1871

by Mark Twain. University of California Press. From the publisher: "At the beginning of 1870, fresh from the success of The Innocents Abroad, Clemens is on "the long agony" of a lecture tour and planning to settle in Buffalo as editor of the Express. By the end of 1871, he has moved to Hartford and is again on tour, anticipating the publication of 'Roughing It' and the birth of his second child."

7. Mark Twain's Letters, Vol. 5: 1872-1873

by Mark Twain. University of California Press. From the publisher: "The 309 letters in this volume, more than half of them never before published, capture the events of these years with detailed intimacy. Thoroughly annotated and indexed, they are supplemented by genealogical charts of the Clemens and Langdon families, a transcription of the journals Clemens kept during his 1872 visit to England, book contracts, his preface to the English edition of 'The Gilded Age'..."

8. Mark Twain's Letters, Vol. 6: 1874-1875

by Mark Twain, Michael B. Frank (Editor), Harriet Elinor Smith (Editor). University of California Press. From the publisher: "Mark Twain's letters for 1874 and 1875 encompass one of his most productive and rewarding periods as author, husband and father, and man of property. He completed the writing of 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer', published the major collection 'Sketches, New and Old,' became a leading contributor to the 'Atlantic Monthly,' ..."

9. Mark Twain's Letters from Hawaii

by Mark Twain, A. Grove Day (Editor). University of Hawaii Press. From the publisher: "So Samuel Langhorne Clemens made his excuse for late copy to the Sacramento Union, the newspaper that was underwriting his 1866 trip. If the young reporter's excuse makes perfect sense to you, join the thousands of Island lovers who have delighted in Twain's efforts when he finally did put pen to paper."More »

10. Mark Twain's Letter to William Bowen

by Mark Twain, and William Bowen. M. S. G. Haskell House. From the publisher: "With prefatory note by Clara Clemens Gabriolowitch and Foreword by Albert W. Gunnison, this is a facsimile of the Grabhorn Press edition for the Book Club of California, published in 1938 and limited to 400 copies. Charmingly set and illustrated, the letter from Twain to one of his boyhood friends in Hannibal reminiscences about their adventures there and tells about his delight with his recently married wife."More »
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