Biography of Mark Twain Mark Twain [pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens]quintessential American humorist, lecturer, essayist, and author wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ; "Tom did play hookey, and he had a very good time. He got back home barely in season to help Jim, the small colored boy, saw next-day's wood and split the kindlings before supper--at least he was there in time to tell his adventures to Jim while Jim did three-fourths of the work. Tom's younger brother or rather half-brother Sid was already through with his part of the work picking up chipsfor he was a quiet boy, and had no adventurous, trouble-some ways.
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The Bible According to Mark Twain: Writings on Heaven, Eden, and the Flood. University of Georgia Press, The following review appeared 18 September on the Mark Twain Forum.
This review may not be published or redistributed in any medium without permission. Naval Academy Commissions are donated to the Mark Twain Project Mark Twain's writing is always a delight, and this anthology of it is no exception.
Howard Baetzhold and Joseph McCullough have contrived to please both general audiences and scholars with a collection about Biblical characters and heaven, Eden and the flood. Who can resist Twain's humanizing Adam and Eve?
The first couple have no knowledge of human nature. They do not know how to deal with each other and, according to Twain, are mystified by the first baby.
Most of us have felt ourselves at such a loss at least once in our lives. We can all sympathize with Methuselah who as a youth of sixty defies convention to marry a woman of his choice, not the Princess Sarah who had been chosen for him.
And when Captain Stormfield enters heaven, we are a bit surprised Writings of mark twain what he finds. The materials remain fresh on a second, third or forty-seventh reading.
While most of the pieces included in the volume have been printed before, some in Twain's lifetime, some in Letters from the Earth and some in Ray B.
Browne's collection Mark Twain's Quarrel with Heavenall have been newly edited for this volume. Consequently, phrases, sentences and more which had been excluded by earlier editors are often included here, carefully but unobtrusively marked by a dagger so that the reader can know what is new.
There are even one or two previously unpublished small pieces. Twain's writing is not punctuated by constant footnoting, something general readers will appreciate. Scholars will find that the text is more fully documented than many editions with note numbers showing, however.
Any item not found in a desktop dictionary gets a note at the end of the book, catalogued by page number and line number.
The documentation is user-friendly, however. That is, each note is easy to find and easy to read. The book itself does not include a list of emendations, something textual scholars might like though few others would want the clutter.
What insights does this book furnish? It shows clearly that Twain's ideas about the Bible and the basic questions of life and death changed little over his literary career.
As always, Twain's analyses are unique. In considering the story of the fall, he does not blame Adam but God. What was so unfair about God in relation to Adam? He commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; To disobey could not be a sin, because Adam could not comprehend a sin until the eating the fruit should reveal to him the difference between right and wrong.
So he was unfair in punishing Adam for doing wrong when he could not know it was wrong. To Adam is forbidden the fruit of a certain tree and he is gravely informed that if he disobeys he shall die.
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