Mark my words : Mark Twain on writing /

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Main Author: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Other Authors: Dawidziak, Mark, 1956-
Format: Book
Published:New York : St. Martin's Press, 1996.
Edition:1st ed.
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Main Author:Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.

When he died in 1910, Mark Twain left behind more than a legacy of timeless novels and essays. He also bequeathed a wealth of useful - and funny - opinions on style, literary habits, and the writer's role in society. Nearly a century later, Twain's thoughts still provide information and inspiration for the novelist, essayist, public speaker, or armchair aficionado of the English language. Compiled by veteran Twain enthusiast Mark Dawidziak, Mark My Words offers tips from Twain as true today as when he wrote them. Here you'll find the famous essay "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses", as delightfully malicious as it is instructive, as well as tips for the perfect speech (you must take at least three weeks to write an impromptu speech), the perfect book for children (it must interest not only boys but any man who has ever been a boy) - even the perfect editor (it's best to edit while awake).

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Physical Description:xv, 160 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. [152]-156) and index.
Author Notes:

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled throughout 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, Gilded Age in 1873, which was co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

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