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Twain, Mark: A Dog's Tale (Illustrated). v1. 27 October 2012
A DOG’S TALE
by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835 – 1910)
Illustrated by W. T. Smedley (1858 – 1920)
First published 1903
The text of this book, published before 1923, is in the public domain world-wide because the author died more than 100 years ago. The illustrations are in the public domain in countries where copyright is Life+80 or less, and in the USA.
Mark Twain is most noted for his novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "the Great American Novel." Among dozens of titles, some of his works include The Innocents Abroad, A Tramp Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, and many more.
This short story first appeared in Harper’s Magazine in 1903, was published as a stand-alone pamphlet for the National Anti-Vivisection Society in 1904, and published as a book later in 1904. Written at the behest of Twain's daughter, an early follower of the nascent animal rights movement, this affecting piece reflects the author's deep concern for the abused of all species. Twain was opposed to the vivisection practices of his day. His objection was not on a scientific basis but rather an ethical one. He specifically cited the pain caused to the animal as his basis of his opposition:
“I am not interested to know whether vivisection produces results that are profitable to the human race or doesn't. ... The pain which it inflicts upon unconsenting animals is the basis of my enmity toward it, and it is to me sufficient justification of the enmity without looking further.”
The tale is told from the viewpoint of a loyal household pet, a dog self-described by the first sentence of the story; “My father was a St. Bernard, my mother was a collie, but I am a Presbyterian.” With gentle humor, the narration discusses Ailleen’s early life with her mother ( a lover of jaw-breakingly large words), and going to live happily with a new family. Then events take a darker turn, and the ending will wring your heart.
—Some of the above information taken from Wikipedia
A quick excerpt:
4 full-page color illustrations. Formatted curly quotes, emdashes, italics. Drop-caps and Large-caps versions.
So. Read and consider the story, and if you have any pets, lavish a little extra affection in honor of Mark Twain.
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