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Affordable and pocket-sized, this collection of classic books is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers. Those who enjoy reading the classics, are interested in reading more British and American literature, or want to expand their collection of classics will delight in these books by authors such as Jane Austen and Mark Twain. The collection is also suitable for homeschoolers, and the books' attractive cover design and reasonable price make them perfect for gift giving.^This collection, which includes a variety of authors and titles of distinction, coordinates well with Baker's Invitation to the Classics, edited by Os Guinness and Louise Cowan.^These books are published by Konemann Publishers and will be distributed by Baker Book House.
The text of this Norton Critical Edition is based, with typesetting errors corrected, on the first U.S. edition (1876), the most authoritative of the editions published in Twain's lifetime. "Backgrounds and Contexts" provides students with the standard source materials often cited by critics-Twain's stories of Good and Bad Boys, his Boy's Manuscript, his correspondence with William Dean Howells, and his 1870 letter to Will Bowen. This section also includes lesser-known but valuable contextual materials, among them Twain's journalistic description of school exercise and the discussion of Perry Davis' Pain Killer and other nineteenth-century nostrums."Criticism" includes interpretations by William Dean Howells, Hamlin L. Hill, Judith Fetterley, Alan Gribben, Glenn Hendler, Carter Revard, and Susan R. Gannon. A Chronology and Selected Bibliography are also included.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born on November 30, 1835, in the village of Florida, Missouri. He attended the ordinary western common school until he was twelve, the last of his formal schooling. In a span of fifteen years he was successively a typesetter, a steamboat pilot, a soldier for three weeks, a silver miner, a newspaper reporter, and a bohemian in San Francisco known as "Mark Twain." But in 1865, deeply in debt, he acknowledged a talent for "literature, of a low order, i.e., humorous." In the next forty years, he published more than a dozen books and hundreds of shorter works, includiC