His stories and novels are famous for their humor, vivid details, and memorable characters. Jane Lampton Clemens June 18, — October 27, His father thought Hannibal would be a more prosperous place for his business. Sam spent his childhood in this port village nestled on the banks of the Mississippi River The Mississippi River runs south from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico and is considered the chief river in North America's largest drainage system.
If you dig a bit on the internet, you can find it - but it's short enough for me to copy below. It isn't what I'd consider the best of Twain's humor - but it's a glimpse into the world of men's after dinner speeches of the s, and what was considered risque talk. Found online here and also here a few interesting notes on that last link, on things like the Vendom I'm somehow confused about this being a 36 page book perhaps there are illustrations?!
Found online here and also here a few interesting notes on that last link, on things like the Vendome Column. This speech is the kind of after-dinner talk that would only be given without the presence of any women, and only in a circle of like minded men - due to the subject matter.
At the time masturbation was still considered both a sin and something that could injure you physically - aside from this being a shocking subject to even speak about.
More history on wikipedia. It's also somewhat amazing that we have a copy of this - I'm sure plenty of well known authors wrote the odd bit of prose that wasn't fit for "polite company" - but that sort of writing was often destroyed by an author's heirs so as not to besmirch their good name, or some such silliness.
I'm assuming that in his literary and historical quotes Twain is having yet another joke with us by his creative citations - taking some well known quotes and adding the masturbation reference, or just taking a quote out of context I have a feeling that part of the joke lies in recognizing the quotes.
Not that Twain wasn't well read, and not that there's not a lot of quotes in ancient lit on masturbation. But if any of those are based in fact, do let me know.
Brown is an actor?
He was among friends and, according to the custom of the club, he delivered a humorous talk on a subject hardly ever mentioned in public in that day and age. After the meeting, he preserved the manuscript among his papers. It was finally printed in a pamphlet limited to 50 copies 64 years later.
But I will continue his good work in the cause of morality by cautioning you against that species of recreation called self-abuse to which I perceive you are much addicted. All great writers on health and morals, both ancient and modern, have struggled with this stately subject; this shows its dignity and importance.
Some of these writers have taken one side, some the other. Homerin the second book of the Iliad says with fine enthusiasm, "Give me masturbation or give me death. They that are penniless are yet rich, in that they still have this majestic diversion.
Michelangelo said to Pope Julius II, "Self-negation is noble, self-culture beneficent, self-possession is manly, but to the truly great and inspiring soul they are poor and tame compared with self-abuse. Brown, here, in one of his latest and most graceful poems, refers to it in an eloquent line which is destined to live to the end of time - "None knows it but to love it; none name it but to praise.
The name of those who decry it and oppose it is legion; they have made strong arguments and uttered bitter speeches against it--but there is not room to repeat them here in much detail.
Brigham Youngan expert of incontestable authority, said, "As compared with the other thing, it is the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.Twain wants to take away citizens fantasy of war being a "hero's quest" and wants them to accept the all aspects of war- the death, drive, destruction, pain, loss- while .
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, was a major American writer from Missouri. His stories and novels are famous for their humor, vivid details, and memorable characters.
Mark Twain, Nietzsche, and Terrible Truths That Can Set Us Free Patrick J. Keane The Mark Twain Annual, Volume 11, , pp. (Article) which preceded Twain’s various Satanic fictions, was Though Nietzsche was an enthusiastic reader of the novels of Mark Twain.
Each link has a description below it. Mark Twain: This website contains links to various works by Twain, as well as links to some of his works offered online.
There are also links to literary commentary on Twain’s writings. It also contains links to online copies of . Fond recollections of Mark Twain by his friend W. D. Howells. Describes Twain as “the most desouthernized Southerner I ever knew.” Touches lightly on everything from his family life to career, political views, beliefs, etc/5.
The writer also could have done a much better job of considering his audience; readers of this book likely do not need multiple-page accounts of the genesis of various novels, summaries of their plots, or a description of how the pseudonym “Mark Twain” came about.