Despite the fact that Mark Twain is my favorite author, I don’t think I’ve reviewed a single one of his books on World’s Strongest Librarian. The reason is simply that I love them all so much (although there are some duds here and there, but what do you expect when someone writes as much as Mr. Twain did?) that I have a hard time describing it. There are many reasons why he is my favorite author, and always will be, but those reasons feel cheapened every time I try to put words to them. Saying “I love this book” doesn’t really do it, but it’s the best I’ve got for now.
In lieu of all of those award-winning critiques I cannot write yet, I’m going to start working on a complete Mark Twain bibliography here, the goal being that I will eventually write brief reviews for each of the works listed below. It’s a start.
Below I’ll divide it up into fiction and non-fiction. As I usually do with these bibliographies, I’m going to try to do as many off the top of my head as I can before I look them up, so these will be out of order as I free associate.
Let’s start with the fiction:
Fiction by Mark Twain
- The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (first books that I ever read by Mark Twain, in junior high)
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Tom Sawyer, Detective
- Tom Sawyer Abroad
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (perhaps my favorite, and what I consider a very early science fiction novel)
- Eve’s Diary
- Letters From The Earth (Twain takes on The Bible)
- The $30,000 Bequest and other stories
- A Dog’s Tale
- A Horse’s Tale
- The War Prayer (one of the very best, I’ve also read a great illustrated version of this book–that link goes to my full review)
- Merry Tales
- The American Claimant
- The Tragedy of Puddin’ Head Wilson (I read this after a girl I was dating explained to me why she kept calling everyone a pudding head)
- A Murder, A Mystery, And A Marriage (found in the bargain bin at Barnes and Noble)
- Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
- The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg
- Captain Stormfield’s Visit To Heaven
- The Gilded Age
- The Prince And The Pauper
- The Great Revolution in Pitcairn
Crap, now I have to start looking them up. There are just too many, but I did okay.
- Those Extraordinary Twins
- The 1,000,000 Bank Note and Other Stories
- Sketches New and Old
- Punch! Brothers, Punch!
- My Late Senatorial Secretaryship
- A Double Barreled Detective Story
- Extracts from Adam’s Diary (I have this included in Letters From The Earth)
- The Mysterious Stranger
- General Washington’s Negro Body-Servant
- Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls
- The Invalid’s Story
Non-fiction by Mark Twain
- Following The Equator
- A Tramp Abroad
- The Innocents Abroad
- Roughing It
- Old Times on the Mississippi
- Life on the Mississippi
- How To Tell A Story
- Christian Science
- Is Shakespeare Dead?
- Queen Victoria’s Jubilee
- Concerning The Jews
- To The Person Sitting in Darkness
- Is He Dead?
- What Is Man?
I’m going to leave it at that for now. Two things strike as I look at my list here:
1. That man wrote a lot.
2. I’ve read everything in this list at least once, but I know there is a lot more that I haven’t accounted for yet. But if you’re a fan like me, this list will give you a place to start as far as checking off books.
To be continued!