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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 Feb 2012 by Navona

ISBN10: 8496707474 | ISBN13: 9788496707474

Page count: 223

One of Mark Twain’s lesser-known comedic novels, this farcical story employs Twain’s narrative genius and gift of parody while also giving voice to some of his fervent social protests. When young Berkeley, the firstborn son of the Count of Rossmore, discovers that his family stole their title, estate, and fortune generations ago, he travels to America in order to find the rightful Earl of Rossmore, an eccentric man named Mulberry Sellers. Before Berkeley meets Sellers, however, there is a fire at the former's hotel that destroys his documents, forcing him to adopt a new identity and try earning his own living for the first time in his life. The adventures of Berkeley and Sellers culminate in a series of misunderstandings that are both perplexing and hilarious.


Una de las novelas cómicas menos conocidas de Mark Twain, esta historia absurda emplea el genio narrativo de Twain y su don de la parodia además de dar voz a sus fervientes protestas sociales. Cuando el joven Berkeley, primogénito del conde de Rossmore, descubre que hace algunas generaciones su familia se robó su título, su propiedad y sus riquezas, viaja a los Estados Unidos para encontrar el legítimo heredero, un hombre estrafalario llamado Mulberry Sellers. Sin embargo, antes de que Berkeley se reúna con Sellers, hay un incendio en el hotel del primero que destruye sus documentos, forzándole a adoptar una nueva identidad y afrontar la experiencia de ganarse el sustento por sus propios medios. Las peripecias de Berkeley y Sellers culminan en una serie de equívocos que son confusos y comiquísimos.

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