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The Gilded Age, which Twain wrote in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner, is a romantic story set in the time of Ulysses S. Grant s presidency which is highly critical of his administration. Though some of the characters are memorable, this novel never reached the level of popularity or critical acclaim of Twain s other fiction.
Twain s portion of the novel was later published separately and some play adaptations were based on his character Colonel Sellers. Although the book was not particularly well-received, its title provided the name by which the post-Civil War boom era in American history is still known.