Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The ten best Mark Twain books

Harry L. Katz's new book is Mark Twain's America: A Celebration in Words and Images.

One of Katz's ten best Mark Twain books, as shared at Publishers Weekly:
Roughing It (1872) is Twain’s second book, a comedic romp through the Wild West with hilarious sketches of the author’s misadventures. The book recounts Twain’s flight from Hannibal to the silver mines of Nevada at the outset of the Civil War. We read of his encounters with Mormons and Pony Express riders, gunslingers and stagecoach drivers along his way. He eventually finds himself in San Francisco and the California goldfields, where he strikes pay dirt with the mining camp tall tale, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Twain’s West has been mostly ignored in subsequent popular depictions of the frontier, which concentrate on the bold-faced named outlaws, lawmen, and Indians like Jesse James, Wyatt Earp, and Crazy Horse. This is classic early Twain: rowdy, rambunctious and very funny.
Read about the other books on the list.

Roughing It is one of Scottish playwright Chris Hannan 's top ten tales of the American frontier.

--Marshal Zeringue