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How to Tell a Story And Other Essays (original 1895; edition 2011)
by Mark Twain
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0195101499, Hardcover)This book is worthy of being called a classic not only for the wonderful writing, but for the presentation: How to Tell a Story and Other Essays is a facsimile edition of the original first edition published in 1897 under the direction of Mark Twain himself. It is but one volume in the wondrous 29-volume Oxford Mark Twain. The essays, which, besides the title essay, include the devilishly brilliant "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences," "Traveling With a Reformer," and others, were written a century ago, but they bristle with energy and wit. At times we take the great Twain for granted, but this volume of essays serves as a wonderful reminder of what a fine and funny writer he was.
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Published in 1897, this collection of essays includes Twain's scathing demolishment of the literary pretensions of James Fenimore Cooper, as well as equally amusing if lighter fare and the title essay, an insightful description of his own methods.
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