It seems incredible that there has been no ""complete"" short stories' collection before, but so we are told. For Charles Neider has brought together not only the stories so labelled, but stories woven into the pattern of some of the non-fiction works,- Roughing It. A Tramp Abroad, Life on the Mississippi, Following the Equator, etc. To the reader familiar with anthologies, Mark Twain is best known through the folk tale, The Notorious Jumping Frog of Colaveras Co., through The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, The Million Dollar Bank Note. These and many others of the 60 stories collected here, bear rereading for the recapturing of the peculiar frontier genius that is Mark Twain, the unconventional formlessness, the savor of the essence of life, the impatience with artificiality, the essential spirit of the West. Tall tales and good yarns, infectious humor, fidelity to speech patterns- all this comes out strongly in these tales.