Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mark Twain's Short Stories Stand The Test Of Time

Laura Skandera Trombey at the Los Angeles Times reviews the Everyman's Library collection of Mark Twain's short stories.

Mark Twain was on the lecture circuit for over three decades. He would take the stage feigning bemusement at discovering his audience and stand silently smoking one of the 30 cigars he would enjoy that day. He was a solitary performer working in dusty, drafty, dimly lit halls, sans audio equipment, Twain knew every trick to keep his audiences engaged. His delivery, emotion, intelligence and humor would bring crowds to their feet. The power was in his voice and that doesn't imply high volume, but his expressed genius.

"The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain" published in a new edition this month by the Everyman's Library, is reminiscent of Twain in performance. He is talking directly to you and determined to keep you entertained.

You can read the rest of the review via the below link:,0,7035456.story

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