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Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings (Perennial Classics)

Letters from the Earth: Uncensored Writings (Perennial Classics)
Author: Mark Twain
ISBN 13: 9780060518653
ISBN 10: 60518650
Edition: Perennial Classics ed.
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Publication Date: 2004-02-17
Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
List Price: $14.99

"I have told you nothing about man that is not true." You must pardon me if I repeat that remark now and then in these letters; I want you to take seriously the things I am telling you, and I feel that if I were in your place and you in mine, I should need that reminder from time to time, to keep my credulity from flagging.

In Letters from the Earth, Twain presents himself as the Father of History — reviewing and interpreting events from the Garden of Eden through the Fall and the Flood, translating the papers of Adam and his descendants through the generations. First published fifty years after his death, this eclectic collection is vintage Twain: sharp, witty, imaginative, complex, and wildly funny.

New York Times

The attitude is that of Swift, the intellectual contempt is that of Voltaire, and the imagination is that of one of the great masters of American writing.