By Mark Twain, Steve Martin, Roy Blount Jr.
Starting with the piece that made Mark Twain famous--"The infamous leaping Frog of Calaveras County"--and finishing along with his fanciful "How I Edited an Agricultural Paper," this treasure trove of an anthology, an abridgment of the 1888 unique, collects twenty of Twain's personal items, as well as tall stories, fables, and satires by way of forty-three of Twain's contemporaries, together with Washington Irving, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Ambrose Bierce, William Dean Howells, Joel Chandler Harris, Artemus Ward, and Bret Harte.
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