By Mark Twain
“[Twain] was once, within the word of his good friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’... on the middle of his paintings lies that maximum of all American traits: irreverence.”
— Washington Post
“More than a hundred years after [Twain] wrote those tales, they continue to be not just remarkably humorous yet remarkably modern.... Ninety-nine years after his dying, Twain nonetheless manages to get the final laugh.”
— Vanity reasonable
Who Is Mark Twain? is a suite of twenty six wickedly humorous, thought-provoking essays via Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of that have ever been released sooner than, and all of that are thoroughly modern, amazingly proper, and gut-bustingly hilarious.
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How he gwyne git it? ALECK. ’Suasion. HANK. How ’suasion? ALECK. ’Leck all de Socialis’ gang to Congress en cross legislation en divide up all de lan’ en truck mongst every body so no one ain’t bleeged to paintings no mo’. HANK. Looky the following, Elleck, hit make me ill; clah to goodness hit make me ailing. what's dis worl’ a comin’ to, while de mos’ honorables’ factor in it—which is work—is gitt’n disrespectable? ALECK. Dat’s de speak! whilst a man—when a hones’ hard-workin’ guy— [Discussion interrupted by way of the employers, who look without notice and installed a be aware. ] EMPLOYERS. for those who loafers can’t locate whatever larger to do than lean in your instruments and yell all day and disturb every body, shoulder your shovels and pack out of this! PROFESSOR MAHAFFY ON EQUALITY THE EQUALITY OF guy. [PROF. MAHAFFY OF DUBLIN AT CHAUTAUQUA. ] within the preamble of your nice assertion of rights seems, i think, the assertion that each one males are equivalent within the sight of God. That assertion used to be borrowed no longer from the scriptures, yet from the speculations of the French revolutionists, whose opinion at the topic used to be to my brain of very small price. you're keen on conversing of the equality of all males. The longer I learn background, and the extra i glance round society the extra I see profound inequalities in males. it isn't real that each guy is equivalent within the sight both of God or of guys. What do you suggest through God’s having a selected humans if that individuals haven't huge, immense virtue over their friends? Is every one guy as good-looking as his neighbor? Is each one guy as powerful? Is each one guy as long-lived? Has every one guy lived in nearly as good a weather? the diversities between males are particularly huge, immense, and for those who cross into this query of primitive civilization and examine the natives who've acquired gentle from above and people who haven't, you'll trust me that of all fake platitudes that have been ever circulated between a sane humans none is extra fake than the standard adage concerning the equality of guy. i assume this is often an lousy heresy, yet, a minimum of, so long as i'm during this kingdom, i'm a loose guy; so that you will enable me to make a fresh breast of it. while Prof. Mahaffy got down to train the realm approximately Greece, he begun in a rational method: that's, by means of first educating himself in his topic. Why would it were a good suggestion to take at the least an little one path in American political rules ahead of getting down to inform american citizens what they're? His mountain has been dropped at mattress of no “heresy,” lousy or another way, within the above fairly untimely lying-in. He has misinterpreted a dogma of our Constitution—and ludicrously, if i'll be so frank. No American believes that males are born bodily equivalent; and it was once no longer wanted prophet may still come from Dublin to give an explanation for, and argue out, and turn out, with naive and old fashioned elaboration, the impossibility of a specific thing whose impossibility no longer even the yank cats had but puzzled. If he had taken just a thousandth of the difficulty to notify himself approximately us which he took to notify himself concerning the Greeks, he may have came upon that the yank dogma, rightly translated, makes this statement: that each guy is of correct born free—that is, with no grasp or proprietor; and in addition, that each guy is of correct born his neighbor’s political equal—that is, possessed of each criminal correct and privilege which his neighbor enjoys, and never debarred from desiring to any dignity to which his neighbor could reach.