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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 Oct 2011 by Ediciones Robinbook

ISBN10: 8492840161 | ISBN13: 9788492840168

Page count: 136

In these bold sketches of American life, Mark Twain animates a wacky cast of characters with his usual energy and colorful descriptions. Each story is driven by the inertia and entropy of its oddball subjects and their insistence on viewing the world in the way they choose, sometimes failing to see what is right in front of them. Some are poor wretches, such as Colonels Jack and Jim, who cannot tell the difference between a car and a bus, while others are on the verge of a nervous breakdown, such as Mrs. McWilliams, who in the middle of a storm proposes numerous outlandish ways to stay protected against lightning. Together these stories are an important part of Mark Twain’s body of work, painting a vivid picture of small-town life at the turn of the century.

 

En estos audaces retratos de la vida americana, Mark Twain anima un reparto de personajes chiflados con descripciones originales y su energía usual. Cada cuento está conducido por la inercia y entropía de sus sujetos excéntricos y la insistencia de éstos en ver el mundo a su manera, a veces sin reconocer hasta lo que tienen en frente. Algunos son pobres diablos, como los coroneles Jack y Jim, que no alcanzan a ver la diferencia entre un coche y un ómnibus, mientras otros están al borde del ataque de nervios, como la señora McWilliams, que en el medio de una tormenta propone varias maneras extravagantes de protegerse del relámpago. En conjunto, estas historias son una parte importante de la obra de Mark Twain, pintando un cuadro vívido de la vida de pueblo al final del siglo XIX.

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