The quotable Mark Twain : his essential aphorisms, witticisms & concise opinions /

Main Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Other Authors: Rasmussen, R. Kent.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: Lincolnwood, Ill., U.S.A. : Contemporary Books, c1997.
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In Following the Equator Twain wrote, "He made me better satisfied with myself than I had ever been before. It was plain that he had a deep fondness for humor ... he made me laugh all along, and this was very trying--and very pleasant at the same time--for it was at quotations from my own book." Twain might have said the same about Rasmussen, author of Mark Twain A to Z (CH, Feb'96), who has gathered together here Twain's thoughts, comments, and observations on more than 800 topics. Though perhaps not the best way to approach most authors, the quotation format suits Twain, whose prose articulated "ideas that others dared not openly express" by using "a fresh and vivid image, or a superbly turned phrase." If not all the quotes in this book can be called memorable, they collectively aver why Twain still deserves to be read. Who can resist the person who could write, "Always do right. This will gratify some people & astonish the rest." Recommended for all libraries. J. J. McShane Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

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