Cannibalism in the cars The best of Twain's humorous sketches

Mark Twain, 1835-1910

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Prion humour classics
London : Prion Books 2000.
Physical Description
xiv, 241 p. ; 19 cm
Main Author
Mark Twain, 1835-1910 (-)
Other Authors
Roy Blount, Jr., 1941- (-)
  • Introduction
  • Curing a cold
  • Aurelia's unfortunate young man
  • A touching story of George Washington's boyhood
  • Advice for good little girls
  • The celebrated jumping frog of Calaveras County
  • The story of the bad little boy
  • Answers to correspondents
  • Concerning chambermaids
  • An inquiry about insurances
  • Cannibalism in the cars
  • A fine old man
  • A visit to Niagara
  • The personal habits of the Siamese twins
  • Journalism in Tennessee
  • To raise poultry
  • A mysterious visit
  • A curious dream
  • The story of the good little boy
  • How I edited an agricultural paper
  • Political economy
  • Science vs. luck
  • My watch
  • Running for governor
  • History repeats itself
  • My first literary venture
  • About barbers
  • Buck Fanshaw's funeral
  • The great land-slide case
  • His grandfather's old ram
  • Experience of the McWilliamses with membranous croup
  • Mrs. McWilliams and the lightning
  • The McWilliamses and the burglar alarm
  • Extracts from Adam's diary
  • How to tell a story.
Review by Library Journal Reviews

This collection of Twain's great humor sketches has come and gone over the years. "Prion Humour Classics" here resurrects it again in a sweet little hardcover edition with a new introduction by Roy Blount Jr. Along with the title piece, this also contains 33 others, such as "Curing a Cold," "Science vs. Luck," and "Political Economy." Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mark Twain is the rambunctious father of all cynics. His wry observations and biting jibes made him the first modern humorist. His sardonic sketches on everything from politicians, preachers, journalists, barbers, nagging wives, devious children, and gullible low-lifes are as hilarious and true today as they were when Twain hammered them out to make a name for himself on the frontier newspapers in the 1870s. Though humor saturates all his best-loved work, it is in the freewheeling exuberance of these early sketches and yarns that his love of pranks, hoaxes, yarns, slapstick, and parodies is shown to best effect. Throughout these tales, the violence, cruelty, and plum stupidity of human nature is woven into comic gold as he makes us roar with laughter at our own idiotic self-deception and vain conceit.