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Poll: Favorite Mark Twain Book?

Folks, I’ve been re-reading Mark Twain. I almost always am, but I mean that I’m currently going through every book again and won’t stop until I’ve read them all again.

Most recently was Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven, a fantastic short piece about the potential tedium of Heaven.

I read Huckleberry Finn again and have realized anew that it is the one book of Twain’s that I absolutely wouldn’t want to be without.  That said, I find his shorter humor pieces to be my absolute favorites.  I think The Gilded Age and The Prince and The Pauper remains my least adored.  If they seem different to you, check out the history behind the two books, and you’ll see that they truly are different than most of his other work. Age was co-authored, and Pauper was his first attempt at historical fiction, and I think it shows.

Anyway, Twain is still my favorite author.  I can’t imagine that ever changing.  Do you have a favorite book, story, or essay by Mr. T?


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  • Michael Golrick November 29, 2012, 7:25 pm

    Maybe it is my “Connecticut Connection” and the opening scene, but Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court has its moments. I was a library director during the centennial of its publication. Along with two neighboring public libraries (one of them founded by “Mark Twain”) we hosted a series of programs about Twain and the book.

    Of course, I now live on the banks of the Mississippi, and appreciate much of that writing, too!

    • Josh Hanagarne November 29, 2012, 7:35 pm

      Kurt Vonnegut wrote the intro to the Oxford edition of Connecticut Yankee, and refers to it as one of the first sci fi novels. I’d never thought of it in that way, but it fits somewhat. I agree that it has its moments, but I love the book–it has lots of those moments.

      When I’m out your way, I’m going to rent us a steamer and we’ll retrace Along The Mississippi and do some riverboat gambling.

  • John the Drunkard December 5, 2012, 7:20 pm

    ‘Christian Science’ is wickedly funny, and a model the kind of honest reporting that doesn’t get done anymore.

    • Josh Hanagarne December 5, 2012, 8:30 pm

      Absolutely. One of my very favorites. And you’re right: any similar reporting today would just get filed under “What a jerk!”