A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage by Mark Twain

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Set in the quaint hollow of Deer Lick, a mythical town resembling Twain's Hannibal, Missouri, this bizarre tale chronicles the fortunes of humble farmer John Gray in his efforts to marry off his daughter, Mary. Thought lost by some, and kept for years by the Twain estate, the story is published here for the first time.
 

About Mark Twain

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Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.
 
Published September 4, 2001 by W. W. Norton & Company. 80 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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The Atlantic Monthly, to great hoopla, recently resurrected an 1876 Twain manuscript; in this slim volume, it is reproduced, along with insightful comments from R

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Twain's original idea was to give a skeleton plot involving a mysterious stranger and a murder to other writers (including, bizarrely, Henry James) and have the Atlantic Monthly publish all their versions—a scheme presumably engineered to show Twain's superiority.

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The Atlantic Monthly, to great hoopla, recently resurrected an 1876 Twain manuscript; in this slim volume, it is reproduced, along with insightful comments from R

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The story is not the best of Twain, but even mediocre Twain (as long as it's not Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc) is plenty of fun and worth reading.

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Musical numbers: "The Story," "The Curse of John Gray," "Just a Love Song," "When Mary Is Married," "Entre Nous," "Dear, Dear, Deer Lick," "I Miss Hugh," "Ill Fated Love," "Who Woulda Thought It," "My Mary," "Dark Comes a Risin'," "God's World," "Dirty Deeds of Deer Lick," "Gods World Reprise," "...

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