The first of two new hardcover volumes collecting the major nonfiction writings of the 'father of American literature', a legend in his own time- more than 150 letters, essays and speeches selected to showcase the extraordinary range of his interests and passions, as well as generous excerpts from his Autobiography. An Everyman's Library original.
AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, born in Missouri in 1835. He was a typesetter, a river-boat pilot on the Mississippi and a gold prospector before achieving enormous fame as a writer and public speaker. On his death in 1910 President William Howard Taft said of him- "Mark Twain gave pleasure - real intellectual enjoyment - to millions, and his works will continue to give such pleasure to millions yet to come... His humour was American, but he was nearly as much appreciated by Englishmen and people of other countries as by his own countrymen. He has made an enduring part of American literature." INTRODUCER BIOGRAPHY Adam Hochschild is a journalist and the award-winning author of eight books, including King Leopold's Ghost, Bury the Chains and To End All Wars. He teaches narrative writing at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California at Berkeley.