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Mark Twain Books List – A Bibliography Of My Favorite Author

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.

mark twainIn 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!

Josh

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