Louis J. Budd, editor. This with its companion volume is the most comprehensive collection ever published of Mark Twain's short writings: the stories, sketches, burlesques, hoaxes, tall tales, speeches, satires, and maxims of America's greatest humorist, all arranged chronologically and containing many pieces never before collected. This volume contains 80 pieces from the years 1891-1910, including "The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg," "Which Was the Dream?," "The Great Dark," "My Platonic Sweetheart," "King Leopold's Soliloquy," "The War Prayer," "A Humane Word from Satan," "Letters from the Earth," as well as such comic masterpieces as "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences," "My First Lie and How I Got Out of It, " and many more.
Volume editor Louis J. Budd (1921-2010) was professor of English at Duke University and the author of Our Mark Twain: The Making of His Public Personality.
"These sketches and stories are a national treasure. The Library of America ought to be commended for issuing them in an attractive edition." -- The Dallas Morning News
From the Boxed Set edition.