It seems fitting that Viking should issue the Mark Twain simultaneously with the Rabelais, for what Rabelais did for 16th century French literature, Mark Twain did for 19th century American literature- gave us a literature in our own idion, rooted in our own soil, the first intimation that we could be indifferent to Europe in our writings. Literary expression came later than economic, social, political- and Mark Twain was its first great exponent. The biographical notes set locals and background for much of the work included, and place Clemens as ""citizen of the world"" as well as ""citizen of Hannibal, Missouri"". The text includes some material relatively unfamiliar, such as The Private History of a Campaign that Failed, the whole of Hackle-barry Finn and of a number of shorter works, The Jumping Frog. etc., and extracts from a broad sweep of representative works, including the Autobiography and Letters.