A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell

Author: Mark Twain Editor: Frederick Anderson Type: Non-fiction, essays Full title: A Pen Warmed-Up in Hell: Mark Twain in Protest Published: 1870-1907 (original essays); 1979 (this collection) I read it: December 2016 In the Introduction, editor Frederick Anderson offers nuggets of Twain outtakes that set the tone for the book. And even in these earliest…

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Author: Mark Twain Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1893 I read it: December 2015 I read the Project Gutenberg free online version of this book. Twain marks his tale as a tragedy, and as being primarily about an intelligent yet outcast newcomer who the townspeople have dubbed Pudd’nhead Wilson. Twain’s title is good because Pudd’nhead Wilson…

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Author: Mark Twain Type: Fiction, novel Full title: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer’s Companion) Published: 1884, 2001 (this edition) I read it: July 2015 (re-read) Reading Mark Twain in the years my sons are born: I didn’t plan this pattern, but it happened this way. Like I did with Tom Sawyer, I knew I…

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Author: Mark Twain Type: Fiction, novel Published: 1876 I read it: September 2013 The inscription in my copy reminds me that this book was given to my dad by my brother for Christmas ten years ago. A while back I read my dad’s copy of Huckleberry Finn, but never got around to Tom Sawyer. It’s…