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Mark Twain : Mississippi Writings : Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi,… (edition 1982)

by Mark Twain (Author)

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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.… (more)
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Title:Mark Twain : Mississippi Writings : Tom Sawyer, Life on the Mississippi, Huckleberry Finn, Pudd'nhead Wilson (Library of America)
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Info:Library of America (1982), Edition: First Edition Thus, Later Printing, 1126 pages
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Mississippi Writings: Tom Sawyer / Life on the Mississippi / Huckleberry Finn / Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain

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The Library of America volume is worth getting for the sake of LoA completeness, but for actual reading Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are better read in the Norton Critical Editions for the sake of the supplementary material – and ditto, almost certainly, for Puddn'head Wilson in the Norton Critical, though I've read Puddn'head Wilson only in the LoA.

My overall rating for the LoA volume, 3½***, is rather low for an LoA. This is motivated by the preferable use of Norton Critical Editions, in which all but Life on the Mississippi are available. And note that the NCE of Puddn'head Wilson also includes its predecessor inspiration Those Extraordinary Twins.

Tom Sawyer and, most importantly, Huckleberry Finn are of course 5***** American classics. Life on the Mississippi, however, loses its charm once Twain's youthful river pilotage has ended and the book has turned into a rather mundane travelogue. Puddn'head Wilson I have mixed feelings about (on a first reading it seems really questionable racially), but it's certainly not up to the level of Twain's historical "romances" – The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee, and Joan of Arc, though it is superior to such a triviality as Tom Sawyer, Detective.

Yes, yes, I know, Puddn'head Wilson is racial satire, but somehow I feel edgy about it. The two look-alike master/slave infants are just a little too patronizing for my taste and certainly not up to the level of HF's Jim. ( )
  CurrerBell | Jul 24, 2018 |
"The adventures of Tom Sawyer", "Life on the Mississippi", "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "Pudd'nhead Wilson"
  IICANA | Apr 28, 2016 |
Collection including: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi,
Pudd'nhead Wilson

Available as free audiobooks at https://librivox.org/ ( )
  captbirdseye | Mar 23, 2014 |
Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer 4*
Life on the Mississippi 3* ( )
  econtom | Oct 22, 2013 |
Any volume that contains "The adventures of Tom Sawyer" gets five stars in my book. George W. Bush could write the second volume of his memoirs and get 5 stars from me if he included "Tom Sawyer." ( )
1 vote jburlinson | Nov 26, 2012 |
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The library of America is dedicated to publishing America's best and most significant writing in handsome, enduring volumes, featuring authoritative texts. Hailed as the "finest-looking, longest-lasting editions ever made" (The New Republic), Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion. Now, with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from, there is a perfect gift for everyone.

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