Mark Twain

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He is best known for his novels 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer' and its sequel, 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn'.


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  1. 1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    The novel follows the journey of a young boy named Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft. Set in the American South before the Civil War, the story explores themes of friendship, freedom, and the hypocrisy of society. Through various adventures and encounters with a host of colorful characters, Huck grapples with his personal values, often clashing with the societal norms of the time.

    The 24th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    The book chronicles the mischievous adventures of a young boy living on the Mississippi River in the mid-19th century. The protagonist, a clever and imaginative boy, often finds himself in trouble for his pranks and daydreams. His escapades range from his romance with a young girl, his search for buried treasure, his attendance at his own funeral, and his witnessing of a murder. The narrative captures the essence of childhood and the societal rules of the time.

    The 231st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court

    The novel follows the fantastical journey of a 19th-century American engineer who, after a blow to the head, finds himself transported back in time to the medieval kingdom of King Arthur. Using his modern knowledge and ingenuity, the protagonist attempts to modernize the past society, introducing industrial technology and democratic ideas. His efforts to revolutionize the Arthurian world are met with both humor and a critical examination of the social and political issues of both the past and his contemporary society, ultimately leading to a complex interplay between progress and tradition.

    The 994th Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. Life on the Mississippi

    This book is a semi-autobiographical account of the author's experiences as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. It provides a detailed and humorous depiction of life and society along the river, including the author's own journey from an eager young apprentice to a seasoned riverboat pilot. The book also includes a travelogue of a journey down the Mississippi River much later in life, offering a look at the dramatic changes brought about by industrialization and the Civil War.

    The 1033rd Greatest Book of All Time
  5. 5. The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages

    This classic novel tells the story of two young boys in 16th century England who are identical in appearance: a pauper named Tom Canty and Prince Edward, son of King Henry VIII. Through a series of events, they end up switching places, with the prince experiencing the harsh realities of life on the streets and the pauper living in the luxury of the royal court. The tale is a social commentary on the inequality and injustices of the era, while also exploring themes of identity, compassion, and the inherent worth of individuals regardless of their social status.

    The 1087th Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. The Mysterious Stranger

    The novel is a dark and philosophical exploration of the human condition, set in a remote Austrian village during the Middle Ages. It follows the story of a group of young friends who encounter a mysterious and supernatural boy named Satan, who claims to be an angel and demonstrates his otherworldly powers through a series of thought-provoking and often unsettling miracles. As the narrative unfolds, the boy challenges the villagers' beliefs and perceptions of morality, good and evil, and the nature of existence, leading to a profound and controversial climax that questions the very fabric of reality and the role of a seemingly indifferent universe.

    The 2660th Greatest Book of All Time
  7. 7. Pudd'nhead Wilson

    This novel is a satirical exploration of identity, race, and societal perceptions in the antebellum South. It revolves around the consequences of a fateful decision made by a slave woman to switch her light-skinned infant son with her master's baby, aiming to spare her child from a life of slavery. The story unfolds in a small Missouri town, where the true identities of the two boys remain a secret for years, leading to a series of dramatic and ironic events. The narrative is enriched by the presence of a clever lawyer, known mockingly as Pudd'nhead for his perceived foolishness, who ultimately plays a pivotal role in unraveling the truth through his pioneering use of fingerprinting. The book critiques the absurdity of racial divisions and challenges the constructs of identity and social status, all while weaving a tale of mystery, humor, and tragedy.

    The 2917th Greatest Book of All Time
  8. 8. Letters From The Earth

    "Letters from the Earth" is a posthumously published work that consists of a series of essays written from the perspective of Satan, who, banished to Earth, writes letters to his fellow archangels about the curious practices, beliefs, and idiosyncrasies of humans. Through these satirical letters, the book explores the contradictions in human society and Christian doctrine with sharp wit and biting humor. The work delves into themes of morality, religion, and the human condition, offering a critical and often cynical view of the constructs that govern human life.

    The 3064th Greatest Book of All Time
  9. 9. Roughing It

    This book is a semi-autobiographical travelogue that chronicles the author's journey across the American West to Nevada. It covers his experiences as a miner, newspaper reporter, and lecturer, and includes humorous and insightful observations about the people, places, and culture he encounters. The narrative also provides vivid descriptions of the natural landscape, as well as commentary on the social and political issues of the time.

    The 3198th Greatest Book of All Time
  10. 10. The Innocents Abroad

    "The Innocents Abroad" is a humorous travelogue that chronicles the adventures of a group of American travelers aboard a chartered vessel embarking on a grand voyage to Europe and the Holy Land. Through the eyes of the narrator, the book offers a satirical and insightful critique of both the pretensions of the American tourists and the quirks and customs of the people they encounter. With sharp wit and a keen eye for irony, the narrative delves into the clash of cultures and the comical misadventures that ensue as the group navigates through ancient historical sites and European society.

    The 3298th Greatest Book of All Time
  11. 11. The Autobiography of Mark Twain

    This book is an intimate and detailed account of the life of one of America's most celebrated authors. It covers his childhood in Missouri, his travels across the United States and Europe, and his career as a writer and public speaker. The book offers a candid and often humorous look at his personal life, his family, and his views on politics, religion, and literature. It provides an insightful look into his creative process and the experiences that influenced his most famous works.

    The 3434th Greatest Book of All Time
  12. 12. Old Times On The Mississippi

    This work is a captivating memoir that offers a vivid portrayal of life on the Mississippi River during the latter half of the 19th century. Through a series of engaging anecdotes and reflections, the narrative delves into the author's experiences as a young steamboat pilot navigating the complex and ever-changing waters of the Mississippi. The text not only provides a detailed look at the challenges and intricacies of steamboat piloting but also paints a rich picture of the diverse cultures, communities, and characters that inhabited the riverbanks. With its blend of humor, insight, and historical detail, this memoir stands as a testament to a bygone era, offering readers a glimpse into the adventures and realities of river life in America's past.

    The 4169th Greatest Book of All Time
  13. 13. Mark Twain's (Burlesque) Autobiography And First Romance

    This book presents a humorous and satirical take on the autobiography genre, showcasing the author's early life and experiences in a light-hearted manner. It combines elements of burlesque with a fictional first romance, offering readers a glimpse into the author's imaginative and comedic talents. Through exaggerated tales and whimsical storytelling, the work playfully critiques the conventions of autobiographical writing, while providing entertaining insights into the author's perspective on his own life and the world around him. This blend of satire and fiction reflects the author's unique ability to engage and amuse his audience, making it a distinctive piece in his body of work.

    The 4436th Greatest Book of All Time
  14. 14. Huckelberry Finn

    The novel follows the adventures of a young boy who flees his abusive father and embarks on a journey down the Mississippi River. Accompanied by an escaped slave, the boy confronts the moral dilemmas of freedom and slavery, friendship and loyalty, through a series of encounters that test his conscience and understanding of the world. Set in the pre-Civil War American South, the story combines rich regional language and humor to explore themes of identity, race, and societal norms, ultimately delivering a poignant critique of entrenched social and racial prejudices.

    The 4683rd Greatest Book of All Time
  15. 15. Complete Short Stories

    This collection brings together the masterful tales of one of America's most influential writers, offering a showcase of his wide-ranging humor and keen observation of human nature. The stories traverse a variety of genres and settings, from the deep South to the Western frontier, blending satire, social commentary, and whimsy. The author's distinctive voice and unforgettable characters, including the mischievous boys of a small-town America and the cunning tricksters navigating society's foibles, reflect the complexities of the human condition with wit, irony, and insight. Through these narratives, the book captures the essence of 19th-century American life, revealing the joys, sorrows, and peculiarities of the time.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  16. 16. The Devil's Racetrack

    "The Devil's Racetrack" is a vivid account of human folly and the perils of temptation, set against the backdrop of a Mississippi river town. The narrative revolves around a horse race that becomes a metaphor for the darker aspects of human nature, as greed, deceit, and the lust for power take center stage. The characters, drawn with the author's characteristic wit and insight, become embroiled in a series of schemes and counter-schemes, all seeking to gain advantage in the race. Through this engaging tale, the story explores themes of morality, the consequences of vice, and the often-blurred line between right and wrong, all while maintaining a sharp, satirical edge that critiques societal norms and human weaknesses.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time
  17. 17. The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg, And Other Stories And Essays

    This collection features a series of stories and essays that delve into human nature, ethics, and societal values, highlighted by the titular story about a town known for its unassailable honesty, which is tested by a stranger's clever scheme. Through satire and irony, the author explores themes of hypocrisy, greed, and moral integrity, revealing the complexities and often humorous contradictions of human behavior and societal norms. The stories and essays blend wit with sharp social commentary, showcasing the author's keen observations of human folly and the pretenses of societal respectability.

    The 8256th Greatest Book of All Time