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Twain, Mark: Out Loud ~ Collected Lectures and Speeches. v1. 05 Mar 2013
by Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens) (1835 – 1910)
Contents first published 1866 ~ 1923
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.
“Out Loud” is an extensive collection of 150 lectures and speeches (though some are only fragments). Contents are arranged chronologically by performance date, from 1866 to 1909. It is interesting to observe the evolution from the early days of tall tales and broad burlesque, to Twain’s later life when his remarks became more thoughtful and finely honed – but never losing that delicious Twainian tang. Descriptive passages, truly poetic in nature, are noteworthy throughout his career. His lectures were, of course, most often based upon his writings; frequently the speeches touched upon them as well. Twain fans will find familiar echoes and delightful surprises.
An excerpt ~ Extracting Watermelons:
Editorial Notes --
This collection is based primarily on the 1910 edition of Mark Twain’s Speeches, with several additional pieces from the 1923 edition edited by Albert Bigelow Paine (1861 – 1937), and numerous items found in newspaper reports and transcripts online. Texts were obtained from gutenberg,org, archive.org, twain.lib.virginia.edu, and twainquotes.com.
Formatted curly quotes, emdashes, diacritics, italics. Minor punctuation and spelling changes for consistency. Renamed several pieces for clarity. Added numerous date annotations. Cross-linked story titles to html table of contents. Embedded fonts for titling, drop-caps, and small-caps.
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