Mark Twain's Book of Animals (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)

By Mark Twain, Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Longtime admirers of Mark Twain are conscious of how fundamental animals have been to his paintings as a author, from his first tales via his ultimate years, together with many items that have been left unpublished at his dying. this pretty quantity, illustrated with 30 new photographs through grasp engraver Barry Moser, gathers writings from the whole span of Mark Twain’s profession and elucidates his distinctive attachment to and regard for animals. What might shock even longtime readers and fanatics is that Twain used to be an early and ardent animal welfare suggest, the main renowned American of his day to soak up that reason. Edited and chosen by way of Shelley Fisher Fishkin, who has additionally provided an advent and afterword, Mark Twain’s publication of Animals contains tales which are established besides those who are showing in print for the 1st time.

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