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A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in…

A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest (1972)

by Mark Twain, Frederick Anderson (Editor)

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Twain's heart was in the right place on a goodly number of issues. This collection of pieces presents his ideas on Christian missionary work, the United States war to conquer the Philippines from its native peoples, whom we had been claiming to support, and lynching, among other things. A number of the pieces are mordant and even entertaining; most are heartfelt, but not needing the duplication they receive here. ( )
  baobab | Feb 23, 2010 |
It’s been several years since I’ve read anything by Twain, and I’d forgotten what a captivating writer he is. Once you start reading, it’s difficult to not be sucked in to what he is saying. Twain was no wallflower. He had opinions, and he wasn’t afraid to let you know them. Most of his commentary here is centered on U.S. actions in the Philippines during the Spanish-American war, and on religion and the human condition. The most amazing thing to me about this was that you could take what he says about war and put it in the New York Times two years ago and it would be completely relevant. It really illustrates the adage, "the more things change, the more they stay the same". ( )
  miyurose | Aug 4, 2009 |
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I bring you the stately matron named Christendom, returning bedraggled, besmirched and dishonored from pirate-raids in Kiao-Chow, Manchuria, South Africa and the Philippines, with her soul full of meanness, her pocket full of boodle and her mouth full of pious hypocrisies.
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"Here is a book that is a pleasure to recommend. . . . A collection to be dipped into time and time again."Los Angeles Times "Raging, satiric, devastatingly caustic and witty."Publishers Weekly

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