The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain Author:Edited by Charles Neider Here - for the first time - are all of Mark Twain's delightful, humorous, ironic short stories collected in one volume. There are sixty stories in all. They range in tone from the high-spirited "Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" to the symbolic "The Mysterious Stranger". — It has been said of Mark Twain that a formal scheme was about ... more »as appealing to him as a tight collar. So it is not surprising that whenever Twain prepared a collection, he would mix things up, give them variety, so that his readers might be surprised. Thus fact and fiction, stories, sketches, and articles have been indiscriminately mingled into volumes of adventure, travel, and autobiograpy. In this way - up to this time - many of his excellent short stories have been neglected and overlooked.
Mark Twain's special genious was his infectious humor - a humor that came from his penetrating insight into the foibles and follies of human nature. This ability to make people laugh (although they might blush at the same time) is found in stories such as "That Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg", "The 1,000,000 Bank-Note", "Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven", and "The $30,000 Bequest". Others, such as "Cannibalism in the Cars" and "The Stolen White Elephant", while less well known, show us Mark Twain, the inimitable American humorist, at his best. Charles Neider, editor of THE COMPLETE SHORT STORIES OF MARK TWAIN, is the well-known novelist, critic, biographer, editor, anthologist and Mark Twain Scholar. In his introduction he says of Mark Twain: "His genious was essentially western, its strength the land, the people, their language and their humor. What he lacked was a studied eastern conscience to refine the great ore he mined ...What he had, he had in great measure - the naked power of the man with the gift of gab ... His high jinks are remarkable - his love of mugging, of monologue, dialect, caricature. He is a great proponent of the tall story, piling details on until the story comes crashing down. At his best he is uproarious, and he is often at his best in his stories, as you will see."
This volume of wonderfully vibrant short stories is a reflection of Mark Twain himself. It is one of a series of books by Mark Twain published by Doubleday. The series encompasses the complete essays, the complete humorous sketches and tales, the complete travel books, the complete novels and the complete short stories, as well as other volumes.« less