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About the Author: Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.

He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.

However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.

Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".

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Paperback, Published in Aug 2008 by Milward Press

ISBN10: 1443710253 | ISBN13: 9781443710251

Page count: 160

This antiquarian volume contains the last novel attempted by Mark Twain, "The Mysterious Stranger." Twain worked on this novel sporadically from 1897 to 1908. He wrote numerous versions of the story, each incomplete and featuring a character called Satan or No. 44 . "The Mysterious Stranger" constitutes a serious social commentary concerning the ideas of morality and the damned human race, and it is highly recommended for those with an interest in such fiction. It is a veritable must-have for fans and collectors of Twain s fantastic work, and would make for a great addition to any personal library. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835 - 1910), better known by his pseudonym, Mark Twain, was a seminal American writer and humourist. Many vintage texts such as this are increasingly hard to come by and expensive, and it is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition. It comes complete with a specially commissioned new biography of the author."

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