Mark Twain's Library of Humor (Modern Library Humor and Wit)

Mark Twain's Library of Humor (Modern Library Humor and Wit)

Mark Twain, Roy Blount Jr.

Language: English

Pages: 608

ISBN: 0679640363

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Beginning with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"--and ending with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 original, collects twenty of Twain's own pieces, in addition to tall tales, fables, and satires by forty-three of Twain's contemporaries, including Washington Irving, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ambrose Bierce, William Dean Howells, Joel Chandler Harris, Artemus Ward, and Bret Harte.

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seat in the stern, I prepared my rod and line. The rod is a bamboo, weighing seven ounces, which has to be spliced with a winding of silk thread every time it is used. This is a tedious process; but, by fastening the joints in this way, a uniform spring is secured in the rod. No one devoted to high art would think of using a socket joint. My line was forty yards of untwisted silk upon a multiplying reel. The “leader” (I am very particular about my leaders) had been made to order from a domestic

about. As we were comin’ in, I asked one of the men in the entry what the piece was, and he said, Jennie Saper;’ and he knew, for he was a Frenchman.” “Our seats,” said M. T. Frelinghuysen Boothby, “were so far back that we had difficulty in making out what Burnhart said; but from what I did hear, I would judge that she spoke better English than Rhea—at any rate, I could understand her better than I ever could Rhea.” M. le Colonnel Fitzgerald confessed to being disappointed. “It may be my

cuss here fur?” & he hit the wax figger another tremenjis blow on the hed. Sez I, “You egrejus ass, that air’s a wax figger—a representashun of the false ’Postle.” Sez he, “That’s all very well fur you to say, but I tell you, old man, that Judas Iscarrot can’t show hisself in Utiky with impunerty by a darn site!” with which observashun he kaved in Judassis’ hed. The young man belonged to 1 of the first famerlies in Utiky. I sood him, and the Joory brawt in a verdick of Arson in the 3d degree.

parts—“deze I’ll tackle now, en deze I’ll lay by fer Sunday. “Lemme see. I mos’ dis’member wharbouts Brer Fox en Brer Rabbit wuz.” “The rabbit rode the fox to Miss Meadows’s, and hitched him to the horse-rack,” said the little boy. “W’y co’se he did,” said Uncle Remus. “Co’se he did. Well, Brer Rabbit rid Brer Fox up, he did, en tied ’im to de rack, en den sot out in de peazzer wid de gals a smokin’ er his seegyar wid mo’ proudness dan w’at you mos’ ever see. Dey talk, en dey sing, en dey play

when any of his wife’s distinguished friends call to visit her. In truth, Pedrigo is not always in a presentable condition; for as Mrs. Pumpilion is de facto treasurer, he is kept upon rather short allowance, her wants being paramount, and proportioned to the dignity of head of the family. But although he is now dutiful enough, he at first ventured once or twice to be refractory. These symptoms of insubordination, however, were soon quelled—for Mrs. Pumpilion, with a significant glance, inquired:

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