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Book Title: Helpful Hints for Good Living: A Handbook for the Damned Human Race|
The author of the book: Mark Twain
Edition: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Date of issue: May 30th 2012
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Mark Twain was definitely on to us! Revealing an uncanny understanding of human nature, the great American humorist never missed an opportunity to use the power of his pen to expose people at their very worst. This collection of Twain's topical writings on social justice, American imperialism, and the corrupt nature of man includes essays such as "To the Person Sitting in the Darkness," "As Regards Patriotism," "The War Prayer," "Banquet for a Senator," and "The United States of Lyncherdom." A compilation filled with brilliant examples of Twain's social conscience and devastating wit.
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Read information about the authorSamuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), called "the Great American Novel", and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. He apprenticed with a printer. He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion's newspaper. After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion. He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention. His travelogues were also well-received. Twain had found his calling.
He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.
However, he lacked financial acumen. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy. With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles. Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.
Born during a visit by Halley's Comet, he died on its return. He was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age", and William Faulkner called Twain "the father of American literature".
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