A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court
As a social and political commentary, Mark Twain tells us the adventures of a 19th century technician in who travels back to King Arthur's time and tries to transform 6th century England with technology and ideologies from his own time. The main character, known for most of the story as "the Boss," is an American factory manager with a knack for technology. He is sent back in time during a fight with one of his underlings, who hits him on the head with a... Letters From the Earth
Think of this as Twain outtakes. These essays and partial pieces were edited by Bernard DeVoto 30 years after Twain died, but the widow demurred, so they were not published until 1962, after the editor's death as well. In the title set, Satan visits Earth and writes back to his buddy angels about what a crazy place it is, and how odd a creature is man. This was probably pretty daring in Twain's time, but now seems a bit obvious and would appeal mainly to... Life on the Mississippi
The author who would become famous as Mark Twain started out in life as Samuel Clemens. Born and raised along the Mississippi River, Clemens would start out in life as a steamboat pilot.
This book, which was written after he was a famous writer, tells the story of his life on the river. In the first part, he is a cub pilot under his mentor, Horace Bixby, who teaches him how to navigate the treacherous river. Then he gets his own license and starts ... Pudd'nhead Wilson
A witty, quirky Everyman character makes use of his spare time (during working hours for his law practice!) defending a neighbor charged with the horrifying murder of a neighbor in his village in 1830 Missouri. But the path to solution of the crime has countless comical interludes with make reading this novella a particular treat. Pudd'nhead Wilson is literature's first mystery solved by human fingerprints. ...
Roughing It (Thriller/Action)
The semi-autobiographical "Roughing It" is Mark Twain's somewhat fictional account of his real-life adventures in the 19th-century American West. He went west by stagecoach, to serve as his brother Orion's personal secretary. Orion had secured the position of being Secretary of the Nevada Territory. In this exciting, adventure-filled book, Twain recounts his experiences as a frontier newspaper reporter, a prospector, and a writer. By reading this boo... Roughing It (Biography)
In 1861, Samuel Clemens was still years away from becoming the famous author known as Mark Twain. He'd been working as a steamboat pilot, but lost his job when the Civil War broke out and traffic stopped going up and down the Mississippi River. So when his older brother Orion was appointed secretary to the territorial governor of Nevada, Sam Clemens jumped at the chance to take a trip out West.
Roughing It - which covers the years 1861-1866 - tells ... The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
This book picks up where The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off. After Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn get to keep the treasure they've found, Huck Finn gets adopted by a widow who lives in their small town on the Mississippi River. She invests his money for him. This is going to prove a problem when his drunk father shows back up in town demanding his son and his son's money be turned over to him.
For a time, the bad "Pap" is going to keep Huck locked u... The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Tom Sawyer is a mischievous boy being raised by his Aunt Polly in a Missuri town right on the Mississippi River. When the book opens, he's gotten in trouble at school and as punishment is supposed to spend his Saturday whitewashing her fence. But instead he's convinced his friends the job's so fun that they're trading him stuff just for the chance to slap the whitewash on.
When Becky Thatcher moves to town, Tom falls for her hard and they get "engag... The Innocents Abroad
Mark Twain was already a famous author when he undertook a journey from the United States to Europe, the Middle East, and Hawaii, and he had long-ago demonstrated his journalistic skills. When he proposed that a major newspaper underwrite the proposed journey in exchange for weekly reports of the expedition, the newspaper jumped at the offer. Later, Twain published these accounts of his travels, as the semi-autobiographical, partly fictional book, "The... The Prince and the Pauper
Prince Edward VII and the pauper Tom Canty realize the advantages and disadvantages of their positions when they switch places for several weeks prior to Edward's coronation. Tom Canty lives with his family in a hovel in a poor section of London with his family, spending his days begging on the streets and receiving beatings from his father when he does not receive enough money. When he finds a spare moment away from disapproving eyes, he imagines himsel...