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A reader's guide to the short stories of Mark Twain / James D. Wilson.

By: Wilson, James D. (James Darrell), 1946-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Reference publication in literature: Publisher: Boston, Mass. : G.K. Hall, c1987Description: xii, 297 p. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 0816187215 (alk. paper); 9780816187218 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Criticism and interpretation | Humorous stories, American -- History and criticism | Humorous stories, American -- Bibliography | Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Bibliography | Short story | Humorous stories, American Bibliography | Humorous stories, American History and criticism | Short story | Twain, Mark 1835-1910 Bibliography | Twain, Mark 1835-1910 Criticism and interpretationAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Reader's guide to the short stories of Mark Twain.DDC classification: 813/.4 LOC classification: PS1338 | .W5 1987Other classification: 18.06
Contents:
Aurelia's unfortunate young man -- Belated Russian passport -- Californian's tale -- Canibalism in the cars -- Canvasser's tale -- Cecil Rhodes and the shark -- Joke that made Ed's fortune -- Story without end -- Curious experience -- Day at Niagra -- Journalism in Tennessee -- Ghost story -- Curious dream -- Death disk -- Dog's tale -- Horse's tale -- Double-barreled detective story -- Dying man's confession -- Professor's yarn -- Burning brand -- Edward Mills and George Benton : a tale -- Esquimau maiden's romance -- Experience of the McWilliames with Membranous Croup -- Mrs. McWilliams and the lightening -- McWilliames and the burglar alarm -- Extracts from Captain Stormfield's visit to Heaven -- Extracts from Adam's diary -- Eve's diary -- Facts concerning the recent carnival of crime in Connecticut -- Facts in the case of the great beef contract -- How I edited an agricultural paper once -- Facts in the great landslide case -- Buck Fanshaw's funeral -- Trial -- Jim Blaine and his grandfather's ram -- Dick Baker and his cat -- Five boons of life -- Fable -- Little Bessie -- Great revolution in Pitcairn -- Invalid's story -- Jim Baker's blue jay yarn -- Jim Smiley and his jumping frog -- Legend of the Capitoline Venus -- Is he living or is he dead? -- Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton -- Luck -- Two little tales -- Lucretia Smith's soldier -- Man that corrupted Hadleyberg -- Man who put up at Gadsby's -- Medieval romance -- The £1,000,000 bank-note -- Political economy -- Second advent -- International lightening trust -- Randall's Jew story -- Some learned fables for good old boys and girls -- Stolen white elephant -- Story of the bad little boy -- Story of the good little boy who did not prosper -- $30,000 bequest -- True story -- Was it Heaven? Or Hell? -- You've been a dam fool Mary. You always was! -- Publication history of Mark Twain's short stories.
Summary: The sixty-five stories chosen for analysis span the length of Twain's career as professional writer, show the diverse range of his genius, and reflect the themes and methods characteristic of his longer, more familiar works.
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The sixty-five stories chosen for analysis span the length of Twain's career as professional writer, show the diverse range of his genius, and reflect the themes and methods characteristic of his longer, more familiar works.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Aurelia's unfortunate young man -- The Belated Russian passport -- The Californian's tale -- Canibalism in the cars -- The Canvasser's tale -- Cecil Rhodes and the shark -- The Joke that made Ed's fortune -- A Story without end -- A Curious experience -- A Day at Niagra -- Journalism in Tennessee -- A Ghost story -- A Curious dream -- The Death disk -- A Dog's tale -- A Horse's tale -- A Double-barreled detective story -- A Dying man's confession -- The Professor's yarn -- A Burning brand -- Edward Mills and George Benton : a tale -- The Esquimau maiden's romance -- Experience of the McWilliames with Membranous Croup -- Mrs. McWilliams and the lightening -- The McWilliames and the burglar alarm -- Extracts from Captain Stormfield's visit to Heaven -- Extracts from Adam's diary -- Eve's diary -- Facts concerning the recent carnival of crime in Connecticut -- The Facts in the case of the great beef contract -- How I edited an agricultural paper once -- The Facts in the great landslide case -- Buck Fanshaw's funeral -- A Trial -- Jim Blaine and his grandfather's ram -- Dick Baker and his cat -- The Five boons of life -- A Fable -- Little Bessie -- The Great revolution in Pitcairn -- The Invalid's story -- Jim Baker's blue jay yarn -- Jim Smiley and his jumping frog -- Legend of the Capitoline Venus -- Is he living or is he dead? -- The Loves of Alonzo Fitz Clarence and Rosannah Ethelton -- Luck -- Two little tales -- Lucretia Smith's soldier -- The Man that corrupted Hadleyberg -- The Man who put up at Gadsby's -- A Medieval romance -- The £1,000,000 bank-note -- Political economy -- The Second advent -- The International lightening trust -- Randall's Jew story -- Some learned fables for good old boys and girls -- The Stolen white elephant -- Story of the bad little boy -- Story of the good little boy who did not prosper -- The $30,000 bequest -- A True story -- Was it Heaven? Or Hell? -- You've been a dam fool Mary. You always was! -- Appendix : Publication history of Mark Twain's short stories.

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A unique reference tool that is an in-depth guide to the short stories of Mark Twain. Arranged alphabetically by title, each story, or group of stories, is described according to: publication history; circumstances of composition, sources, influences; relationship to other Mark Twain works; critical synopsis and studies; and bibliography (unannotated) divided into primary and secondary sources. The appendix lists in chronological order the publication history of Twain's short stories, followed by an extensive index that cites references to all Twain's works, reviewers, publishers, and subjects. Wilson (University of Southwestern Louisiana) has extensive literary publishing and editing experience. His introduction is especially valuable as a bibliographical guide to supplementary Twain reference materials and anthologies. In it he also states the dual function of the book: ``to provide an introduction and guide for the general reader to stories with which he or she may not be familiar; and to assist the specialist by bringing together in cohesive form a review of all scholarship directly germane to a particular story.'' The text is readable and engrossing. For all levels of students, secondary to graduate, and general readers.-R.P. Sasscer, Catholic University of America

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