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LETTERS FROM THE EARTH By Mark Twain

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The range of Mark Twain's interests offers continual surprises, even for his most devoted readers. In a collection of sketches and other short pieces from his lesser known works, we find Twain, the self-styled ""Father of History""; Twain, the maker of children's whimsy; and Twain, the proper of psychological depths. In Letters from the Earth, Papers of the Adam Family, and Letters to the Earth, satiric havoc is wreaked upon bibcal tradition and the story of man, including excerpts from the diaries of Adam, Eve, and Mlah. Several other tales, bur of social customs, a critique of James Fealmore Cooper, and finally, The Great Park, a somber, tragic, dream narrative of a ship lost in the Anarctic, provoke renewed consideration of Twain as humorist and artist. In a double sense a posthumous work, the fine editorial notes and introductions by Bernard De Voto were prepared, but not published, over twenty years ago. Essential for the scholar and delightful for the general reader-another glimpse into Mark Twain's fascinating world.

Publisher: Harper