The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain Author:Mark Twain This comprehensive anthology represents the first time all of Mark Twain's humorous and ironic short stories have been available in one volume. There are sixty tales in all, ranging from such celebrated stories as The Mysterious Stranger and The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County to The Man That Corrupted Hadley... more »burg, Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven, The Stolen White Elephant, and The $30,000 Bequest.
Charles Neider, who has gathered these tales from the wide array of Twain's works among which they have hitherto been scattered, is an anthologist of note, an authority on Mark Twain, and a novelist in his own right.
In his pungent Introduction to The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain, Mr. Neider comments: "Twain’s personal influence during his lifetime was very great. His literary influence has also been considerable, not only among humorists, but also among American novelists. Hemingway’s prose of action and his language of speech are direct descendants of Twain's."
Mr. Neider concludes: "He is a solid monument in American letters and an invaluable lesson for our young novelists. That lesson is: do not neglect your native sources; remember that yesterday’s journalism may become tomorrow’s literature; steep yourself in the living speech; and do not forget that the life of humor is long and that the Muse does not insist you wear a frown when you work."« less