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Mark Twain (1835-1910) - pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens


American writer, journalist, and humorist, who won a worldwide audience for his stories of youthful adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Sensitive to the sound of language, Twain introduced colloquial speech into American fiction. In Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway wrote: "All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn..."

"When I was a boy, there was but one permanent ambition among my comrades in our village on the west bank of the Mississippi River. That was, to be a steamboatman." (from 'Old Times on the Mississippi', 1875)

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) was born in Florida, Missouri, of a Virginian family. The family soon moved to Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain was brought up. At school, accroding to his own words, he "excelled only in spelling". After his father's death in 1847, Twain was apprenticed to a printer. Her also started his career as a journalist by writing for the Hannibal Journal. Later Twain worked as a licensed Mississippi river-boat pilot (1857-61). His famous penname Twain adopted from the call ('Mark twain!' – meaning by the mark of two fathoms) used when sounding river shallows. But this isn't the full story: he had also satirized an older writer, Isaiah Sellers, who called himself Mark Twain. In 1861 Twain served briefly as a confederate irregular. The Civil War put an end to the steamboat traffic, and during a period when Twain was out of work, he lived in a primitive cabin on Jackass Hill and tried his luck as a gold-miner. "I would have been more or less than human if I had not gone mad like the rest," he confessed.

Twain moved to Virginia City, where he edited two years Territorial Enterprise. On February 3, 1863, 'Mark Twain' was born when he signed a humorous travel account with that pseudonym. In 1864 Twain left for California, where worked in San Francisco as a reporter. After hearing a story about a frog, Twain made an entry in his notebook: "Coleman with his jumping frog – bet a stranger $50. – Stranger had no frog and C. got him one: – In the meantime stranger filled C's frog full of shot and he couldn't jump. The stranger's frog won." From these lines he developed 'Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog' which was published in The Saturday Press of New York on the 18th of November in 1865. It was reprinted all over the country and became the foundation stone of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County (1867). This work marked the beginning of Twain's literary career.

In 1866 Twain visited Hawaii as a correspondent for The Sacramento Union, publishing letters on his trip. He then set out world tour, travelling in France and Italy. His experiences Twain recorded in The Innocents Abroad (1869). The work, which gained him wide popularity, poked fun at both American and European prejudices and manners. Throughout his life, Twain frequently returned to travel writing – many of his finest novels, including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), dealt with journeys and escapes into freedom.

The success of The Innocents Abroad gave Twain enough financial security to marry Olivia Langdon in 1870, after writing about 189 love letters during his courtship. William Dean Howells praised the author in The Atlantic Monthly, and Twain thanked him by saying: "When I read that review of yours, I felt like the woman who was so glad her baby had come white."

Olivia, Twain's beloved Livy, served and protected her husband devotedly. They moved to Hartford, where the family remained, with occasional trips abroad, until 1891. Twain continued to lecture in the United States and England. Between 1876 and 1884 he published several masterpieces. Tom Sawyer was originally intended for adults. Twain had abandoned the work in 1874, but returned to it in the following summer and even then was undecided if he were writing a book for adults or for young readers. Eventually he declared that it was "professedly and confessedly a boy's and girl's book". The Prince and the Pauper (1881) was about Edward VI of England and a little pauper who change places. The book was dedicated "to those good-mannered and agreeable children, Susie and Clara Clemens." Life on the Mississippi (1883) contained an attack on the influence of Sir Walter Scott, whose romanticism have caused according to Twain 'measureless harm' to progressive ideas. From the very beginning of his journalistic career, Twain made fun with the novel and its tradition. Although Twain enjoyed magnificent popularity as a novelist, he believed that he lacked the analytical sensibility necessary to the novelist's art.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), an American Odysseus and a powerful indictment of slavery, was first considered adult fiction. Huck, who could not possibly write a story, tells us the story: "You don't know about me without you have read a book by the name of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, but that ain't no matter. That book was made by Mr. Mark Twain and he told the truth, mainly." Both Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn stand high on the list of eminent writers like Stevenson, Dickens, and Saroyan who honestly depicted young people. Huck's debate whether or not he will turn in Jim, an escaped slave and a friend, probed the racial tensions of the national conscience. Later Twain wrote in The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (1900): "I have no race prejudices... All that I care to know is that a man is a human being—that is enough for me; he can't be any worse." A new and politically correct edition of the novel, that replaced the notorious N-word with "slave", appeared in 2011 with a wave of negative comments. The 200-year old racial slur appears in the book over 200 times.

One of Twain's major achievements is the way he narrates Huckleberry Finn, following the twists and turns of ordinary speech, his native Missouri dialect. Shelley Fisher Fishkin has noted in Was Huck Black? (1993) that the book drew upon a vernacular formed by black voices as well as white. The model for Huck Finn's voice, according to Fishkin, was a black child instead of a white one. The character of Huck was based on a boy named Tom Blankenship, Twain's boyhood friend.

'"Who is your folks?" he questions me.
"The Phelpses, down yonder."
"Oh," he says, "how'd you say he got shot?"
"He had a dream," I says, "and it shot him."
"Funny dream," the doctor says.'

(from Huckleberry Finn)

The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1884) was a murder mystery and a case of transposed identities, but also an implicit condemnation of a society that allows slavery,. Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1895) was published under the pseudonym of Sieur Louis de Conte. In the 1890s Twain lost most of his earnings in financial speculations and in the downhill of his own publishing firm, C.L. Webster, which he had established in 1884 in New York City. In 1894 he had invested in the infamous Paige typesetter, which never worked. "Paige and I always met on elusively affectionate terms," Twain said, "& yet he knows perfectly well that if I had him in a steel trap I would shut out all human succor & watch that trap until he died..." Twain closed Hartford house. To recover from the bankrupt, he started a world lecture tour. By 1898 he had repaid all debts. From 1896 to 1900 he resided mainly in Europe. During the tour Susy, his favorite daughter, died of spinal meningitis.

Twain traveled New Zealand, Australia, India, and South Africa, and returned to the U.S. in 1900. Twain's travel book, Following the Equator, came out in 1897. In 1902 Twain made a trip to Hannibal, his home town which had inspired several of his works. His plans for a peaceful and quiet visit were ruined when more than 100 newspapers chronicled his every move. Between 1870 and 1905 Twain tried repeatedly to write or dictate his autobiography. His dictations to a stenographer formed the bulk of the Autobiography of Mark Twain, but he insisted that it should not be published in its entirety until a hundred years after his death. "A book that is not to be published for a century gives the writer a freedom which he could secure in no other way," Twain said. However, parts of the text appeared in 1924, then in 1940 and 1959.

The death of his wife in 1904 in Florence and his second daughter darkened the author's life, which is also seen in writings and his posthumously published autobiography (1924). Twain's view of the human nature had never been very optimistic, but during final years, he become even more bitter: "I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey." Especially hostile Twain was towards Christianity: "If men neglected 'God's poor' and 'God's stricken and helpless ones' as He does, what would become of them? The answer is to be found in those dark lands where man follows His example and turns his indifference back upon them: they get no help at all; they cry, and plead and pray in vain, they linger and suffer, and miserably die." (from 'Thoughts of God') Twain died on April 21, 1910. His autobiography Twain dictated to his secretary A.B. Paine; various versions of it have been published.

The Mysterious Stranger from 1916 was set in the 16th-century Austria, in which Satan reveals the hypocrisies and stupidities of the village of Eseldorf. "The first man was a hypocrite and a coward, qualities which have not yet failed in his line; it is the foundation upon which all civilizations have been built." The work was composed between 1897 and 1908 in several, quite different versions, one of which was set in Hannibal, another in a print shop. Albert Bigelow Paine, Mark Twain's authorized biographer, apparently added to it a concluding chapter from another version altogether. Mark Twain's colorful life inspired the film The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944), directed by Irving Rapper and starring Fredric March. In Philip José Farmer's Riverworld epic Mark Twain was one of the central characters.

During his long writing career, Twain produced a considerable number of essays, which appeared in various newspapers and in magazines, including the Galaxy, Harper's, the Atlantic Monthly, and North American Review. In his 'Sandwich Islands' letters (1873) Twain described how the missionaries and American government have corrupted the Hawaiians, 'Queen Victoria's Jubilee' (1897) presented the pomp and pageantry of an English royal procession, and 'King Leopold's Soliloquy' (1905) revealed in a dramatic monologue the political evils caused by despotism. The King complains: "Blister the meddlesome missionaries! They write tons of these things. They seem to be always around, always spying, always eye-witnessing the happenings; and everything they see they commit to paper... One of these missionaries saw eighty-one of these hands drying over a fire for transmission to my officials—and of course they must go and set it down and print it... nothing is too trivial for them to print..." Twain's finest satire of imperialism was perhaps 'To the Person Sitting in Darkness' (1901), in which the author wrote that the people in darkness are beginning to see "more light than... was profitable for us."

Biographies and other information: Mark Twain by Albert Bigelow Paine (1912); Mark Twain by Edgar Lee Masters (1938); Mark Twain: Social Critic by Philip Foner (1958); Mark Twain: Social Philosopher by Louis J. Budd (1962); Mark Twain Himself by Milton Meltzer (1960); Mark Twain: A Collection of Critical Essays, ed. by Henry Nash Smith (1963); Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain by Justin Kaplan (1966); Mark Twain by Charles Neider (1967); Mark Twain as Critic by Sydney J. Krause (1967); Plots and Characters in the Works of Mark Twain by Robert L. Gale (1973); The Art of Mark Twain by William H. Gibson (1976); Mark Twain's Last Years as a Writer by William R. Macnaughton (1979); Mark Twain by Robert Keith Miller (1983); The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century by Bud Foote (1990); Mark Twain and the Art of the Tall Tale by Henry B. Wonham (1993); The Singular Mark Twain: A Biography Fred Kaplan (2003); Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years by Karen Lystra (2004) 

Selected works:

  • The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches, 1867
    - 'Calaverasin piirikunnan kuuluisa hyppääjäsammakko' (teoksessa Humoreskeja, suom. V. Hämeen-Anttila, 1935) / 'Calaverasin piirikunnan kuuluisa hyppysammakko' (teoksessa Kannibalismia junanvaunuissa ja muita tarinoita, suom. Erkki Jukarainen, 2001)
    - Film: Best Man Wins, 1948, dir. John Sturges, starring Edgar Buchanan, Anna Lee, Robert Shayne, Gary Gray
  • The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' Progress, 1869
    - Vanhaa Välimerta ristiin rastiin (suom. Ville-Juhani Sutinen, 2010)
  • Screamers, 1871
  • Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance, 1871
  • Eye Openers. Good Things, Immensely Funny Sayings & Stories That Will Bring a Smile upon the Gruffest Countenance, 1871
  • Practical Jokes with Artemus Ward, Including the Story of the Man Who Fought Cats., 1872 (with others)
  • A Curious Dream and Other Sketches, 1872
  • Roughing It, 1872
    - Koiranelämää (suom. Olli Nuorto, 1957)
  • The Innocents at Home, 1872
  • The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today, 1873 (with C.D. Warner; 3 vols. 1874, as The Adventures of Colonel Sellers, 1965, ed. Charles Neider)
  • Mark Twain's Sketches, 1874 (illustrated by R. T. Sperry)
  • Colonel Sellers: A Drama in Five Acts, 1874
  • Old Times on the Mississippi, 1876 (reprinted in 1877 as The Mississippi Pilot, revised as Life on the Mississippi, 1883)
    - Luotsina Missippi-joella: humoristinen kertomus (suom. 1913) / Mississippi-virralla (suom. Olli Nuorto, 1963)
    - TV film 1980, prod. Great Amwell Company, dir. Peter H. Hunt, starring Robert Lansing, David Knell, James Keane
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 1876
    - Tom Sawyer: koulupojan historia (suom. -a -ll, 1879) / Tom Sawyerin seikkailut (suom. 1909; Yrjö Kivimies, 1926; Jarkko Laine, 1973)
    - Film versions: 1907, prod. by Kalem Company; 1917, dir. William Desmond Taylor, starring Jack Pickford; 1918, Huck and Tom, dir. William Desmond Taylor, starring Jack Pickford, Robert Gordon; 1930, dir. by John Cromwell, starring Jackie Coogan, Junior Durkin; 1938, prod. Selznick International Pictures, dir. by Norman Taurog, starring Tommy Kelly, Jackie Moran; 1947, dir. Lazar Frenkel, Gleb Zatvornitsky; 1968, Moartea lui Joe Indianul, prod. Danube Delta (Romania), dir. Mihai Iacob, Wolfgang Liebeneiner, 1973, dir. Don Taylor, starring Johnny Whitaker, Celeste Holm, Warren Oates, Jeff East, Jodie Foster; 1995, Tom and Huck, dir. Peter Hewitt, starring Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Brad Renfro, Eric Schweig
  • A True Story and the Recent Carnival of Crime, 1877
  • Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion, 1878
  • A Tramp Abroad, 1880
  • 1601: Conversation, as it was by the Social Fireside, in the Time of the Tudors, 1880
  • The Prince and the Pauper, 1881
    - Prinssi ja kerjäläispoika (suom. Tyko Hagman, 1908; Helka Varho, 1951)
    - Film versions: 1909, dir. by J. Searle Dawley; 1915, dir. by Edwin S. Porter & Hugh Ford, starring Marguerite Clark; 1920, Prinz und Bettelknabe, dir. by Alexander Korda, starring Tibi Lubinsky; 1937, dir. by William Keighley, starring Errol Flynn, Claude Rains, 1943, Prints i nishchiy, dir, Erast Garin, Khesya Lokshina, starring Mariya Barabanova; 1963, Aysecik - Fakir Prenses, prod. Er-Ay Film (turkey), dir. Ertem Göreç; 1969, dir. Elliot Geisinger, starring Kenny Morse, Barry Pearl; 1972, Prints i nishchiy, prod. Gosteleradio, dir. Vadim Gauzner; 1977, Crossed Swords, dir. by Richard Fleischer, starring Mark Lester, Oliver Reed, Raquel Welsh, Richard Harris and Charlton Heston; animation film 1990, dir. George Scribner; 1999, The Prince and the Surfer, dir. Arye Gross, Gregory Gieras
  • The Stolen White Elephant Etc., 1882
    - 'Varastettu valkoinen elefantti' (suom. V. Hämeen-Anttila)
  • Life on the Mississippi, 1883
    - Mississippi-virralla (suom. Olli Nuorto, 1963)
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1884
    - Huckleberry Finnin seikkailut (suom. Yrjö Kivimies, 1927; suom. Valtion Kustannusliike Kirja, 1936; Kirsti Laipio, 1945; Jarkko Laine, 1972)
    - Film versions: 1920, dir. William Desmond Taylor, starring Lewis Sargent; 1931, dir. by Norman Taurog, starring Jackie Coogan, Junior Durkin, Mitzi Green; 1939, dir. by Richard Thorpe, starring Mickey Rooney, Walter Connolly, William Frawley, Rex Ingram; 1960, dir. by Michel Curtiz, starring Eddie Hodges, Tony Randall, Archoe Moore; 1968, Moartea lui Joe Indianul, prod. Danube Delta (Romania), dir. Mihai Iacob, Wolfgang Liebeneiner; 1972, Sovsem propashchiy, prod. Mosfilm, dir. Georgi Daneliya, starring Roman Madyanov; 1974. dir. J. Lee Thompson, starring Jeff East, Paul Winfield; TV film 1985, dir. by Peter H. Hunt, starring Patrick Day, Anne Shropshire, Sada Thompson, Eugene Oakes; 1993, Huck and the King of Hearts, dir. Michael Keusch; 1993 dir. by Stephen Somers
  • Mark Twain's Library of Humor, 1888 (ed., with William Dean Howells and others)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1889
    - Jenkki Kuningas Arthurin hovissa (suom. Toivo Nelimies et al., 1925; Kaarina Jaatinen, 1974)
    - Films: 1921, dir. Emmett J. Flynn, starring Harry Myers, Pauline Starke, Rosemary Theby, Charles Clary, William V. Mong; 1931, dir. by David Butler, starring Will Rogers, Maureen O'Sullivan, William Farnum, Myrna Loy; 1948, dir. by Tay Garnett, starring Bing Crosb, Rhonda Fleming; 1964, Un Español en la corte del rey Arturo, prod. Televisión Española (TVE), dir. Fernando García de la Vega; 1988, Novye priklyucheniya yanki pri dvore korolya Artura, prod. Dovzhenko Film Studios, dir. Viktor Gres, starring Sergei Koltakov, Albert Filozov, Yelena Finogeyeva, Aleksandr Kaidanovsky; TV film 1998, A Knight in Camelot, dir. Roger Young, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Michael York
  • The American Claimant, 1892
  • Merry Tales 1892
  • The 1000000 Pound Bank Note & Other New Stories, 1893
    - 'Miljoonan punnan seteli' (suom. V. Hämeen-Anttila)
    - Film: Man With a Million, 1954, dir. by Ronald Neame, starring Gregory Peck, Jane Griffiths, Ronald Squire; TV film 1968, prod. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), dir. Rex Tucker; 1994, A Million to Juan, dir. by Paul Rodriguez, starring Paul Rodriguez
  • Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy of Those Extraordinary Twins, 1894 (G.B. title Pudd'nhead Wilson. A Tale)
    - Veren perintö (suom. Valfrid Hedman, 1932)
    - Films: 1916, prod. Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, dir. Frank Reicher, starring Theodore Roberts; TV film 1984, prod. American Playhouse, dir. Alan Bridges, starring Ken Howard
  • Tom Sawyer Abroad by Huck Finn, 1894
    - Tom Sawyer matkalla (suom. Aatto S., 1894; Kaarina Jaatinen, 1971)
  • Personal recollections of Joan of Arc, 1895 (under the pseudonym of Sieur Louis de Conte)
    - Johanna d’Arc: kertomus hänen elämästään ja marttyyrikuolemastaan (suom Lilli Rainio, 1910) / Orleansin neitsyt (suom. Inkeri Tuovinen, 1948)
  • Tom Sawyer, Detective, 1896
    - Tom Sawyer salapoliisina (suom. Hemminki Karjalainen, 1918; Erkki Valkeila, 1950)
    - Film 1938, dir. by Louis King, starring Billy Cook, Donald O'Connor, Porter Hall, Phillip Warren
  • Following the Equator, or More Tramps Abroad, 1897
  • How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, 1897
  • 'An Adventure in Remote Seas', 1898 (written)
    - 'Seikkailu kaukaisilla merillä' (teoksessa Kaksipiippuinen juttu, suom. Kristiina Kivivuori, 1972)
  • The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories and Sketches, 1900
    - Nimensä pilannut kaupunki (suom. V. Hämeen-Anttila, 1917) / 'Mies, joka lahjoi Hadleyburgin kaupungin' (teoksessa Kaksipiippuinen juttu, suom. Kristiina Kivivuori, 1972)
    - TV film 1980, prod. Learning in Focus, dir. Ralph Rosenblum, starring Robert Preston, Tom Aldredge, Fred Gwynne, Frances Sternhagen
  • English As She Is Taught, 1900
  • A Double-Barreled Detective Story, 1902
    - 'Kaksipiippuinen juttu' (teoksessa Kaksipiippuinen juttu ja muita merkillisiä tarinoita, suom. Kristiina Kivivuori, 1972)
    - Film 1965, prod. Saloon Productions, dir. Adolfas Mekas, starring Jeff Siggins, Greta Thyssen, Hurd Hatfield, Jerome Raphael
  • 'The Belated Russian Passport', 1902 (publ. in Harper's Weekly)
    - 'Myöhästynyt Venäjän-passi' (teoksessa Kaksipiippuinen juttu, suom. Kristiina Kivivuori, 1972)
  • A Dog's Tale, 1904
  • Extracts from Adam's Diary, 1904
    - Irtolehtiä Aatamin päiväkirjasta (suom. Ville Hytönen, 2008)
  • King Leopold's Soliloquy: A Defense of His Congo Rule, 1905
  • Editorial Wild Oats, 1905
  • My Debut as a Literary Person, 1906
  • Eve's Diary: Translated from the Original Ms, 1906
    - Eevan päiväkirja (suomentanut Ville Hytönen, 2008)
  • What Is Man?, 1906
    - Mikä on ihminen (suomentanut Tero Valkonen, 2002) / Mitä ihminen on? (suom. Ville-Juhani Sutinen, 2011)
  • The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories, 1906
  • A Horse's Tale, 1907
  • Christian Science: With Notes Containing Corrections to Date, 1907
  • Is Shakespeare Dead?, 1909
  • Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven, 1909 (rev. ed. published in 1952 as Report From Paradise, 1952, ed. Dixon Weckter) - Kapteeni taivaassa (suom. Jorma Etto, 1958)
  • Mark Twain's Speeches, 1910 (edited by F. A. Nast)
  • The Mysterious Stranger, 1916
    - 'Salaperäinen vieras' (teoksessa Kaksipiippuinen juttu, suom. Kristiina Kivivuori, 1972) / Salaperäinen vieras ja muita tarinoita (suom. Touko Kauppinen, 2011)
  • In Defense of Harriet Shelley: And Other Essays, 1918
  • The Curious Republic of Gondour and Other Whimsical Sketches, 1919
  • Europe and Elsewhere, 1923
  • Mark Twain's Autobiography, 1924
  • Mark Twain's Speeches, 1924 (edited by Albert Bigelow Paine)
  • The Writings, 1922-25 (37 vols.)
  • Sketches of the Sixties, 1926
  • The Adventures of Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass, 1928 (under the pseudonym Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass)
  • The Private Life of Adam and Eve, 1931
    - Aatami ja Eeva (suom. 2011)
  • Concerning The Jews, 1934
  • Mark Twain's Notebook, 1935
  • Letters From The Sandwich Islands. Written For The Sacramento Union, 1937 (introduction & conclusion by G. Ezra Dane)
  • The Washoe Giant In San Francisco, 1938
  • Mark Twain's Travels with Mr. Brown Being Heretofore Uncollected Sketches, 1940
  • Mark Twain's Letters in the Muscatine Journal, 1942
  • Report from Paradise, 1952 (ed. Dixon Weckter; with drawings by Charles Locke)
    - Kapteeni taivaassa (suom. Jorma Etto, 1958)
  • Mark Twain's First Story, 1952 (foreword by Franklin J. Meine; originally published in the May 1, 1852 issue of Carpet-bag under title: The Dandy Frightening the Squatter)
  • Mark Twain of the Enterprise, 1957
  • Traveling with the Innocents Abroad, 1958
  • Contributions to "The Galaxy" 1868-1871, 1961 (edited by Bruce R McElderry)
  • Life as I Find It, 1961
  • Letters from the Earth, 1962
    - Matkakirjeitä maasta (Kristiina Kivivuori, 1963)
  • Mark Twain's San Francisco, 1963 (edited by Bernard Taper)
  • Stories of Mark Twain, 1967
  • Clemens of the Call. Mark Twain in San Francisco, 1969
  • Works, 1972- (in progress)
  • Early Tales & Sketches, Vol1: 1851-1864, 1979
  • Mark Twain's Notebooks and Journals, 1975-1979 (3 vols.)
  • Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, and Essays, 1992 (2 vols.)
  • Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches, 1994
  • Selected Writings of an American Skeptic, 1995
  • A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage, 2001 (originally written in 1876 for Atlantic Monthly)
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, 2010 (ed. Harriet E. Smith et al.)
    - Omaelämäkertani (suom. Ville-Juhani Sutinen, 2011)
  • Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn: The NewSouth Edition, 2011 (introduction by Alan Gribben)

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