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Twain, Mark: A Horse's Tale (Illustrated). v1. 27 October 2012
A HORSE’S TALE
by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835 – 1910)
Illustrated by Lucius Hitchcock (1868 – 1942)
First published 1906
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+60 or less [will be Life+70 in Jan-2013], 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 novella appeared in Harper’s Magazine in 1906, and was published as a book in 1907. Clemens wrote this story after receiving a request from actress Minnie Maddern Fiske to assist in her drive against bullfighting. Clemen’s daughter Susy Clemens, who died in 1896 at age 24 of spinal meningitis, is understood to be the inspiration for lead character Cathy Alison.
The story is written partially in the voice of Soldier Boy, who is Buffalo Bill's favorite horse, at a fictional frontier outpost with the U.S. 7th Cavalry. Cathy, a fearless adventurous spirit in the person of a nine-year-old orphan, comes to live with her uncle, General Alison, and soon wins the hearts of all who meet her.
The first part of the book is well-seasoned with Twain’s signature wry humor, but later takes a much darker turn when the author turns his attention to man’s inhumanity to animals. The reader would be well-advised to keep a hanky close at hand.
—Some of the above information taken from Wikipedia
[two horses in conversation....]
5 full-page illustrations. Formatted curly quotes, emdashes, italics. Cross-linked in-line table of contents. Drop-caps and Large-caps versions.
This novella may be a surprise for those who have only read Twain's humorous pieces. There is humor a-plenty, but horror as well, and the underlying theme resonates for a long time after the reading is done.
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