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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Roy Blount, Garrison Keillor Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“Upon the border of a remote and out-of-the-way village in south-western Missouri lived an old farmer named John Gray…”

In 1876, the same year The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was published, Mark Twain wrote a story for the Atlantic Monthly. He meant it as a “blind novelette”—a challenge to other writers to submit their own ending of the story in a national competition. Twain asked his editor at the Atlantic to request submissions from leading authors of the day, including Henry James.

Perhaps because few writers could write as well as Twain, no one responded, and Twain’s original complete manuscript languished in literary hibernation. It was rediscovered in 1995 and appear in the Atlantic Monthly in 2001, having come full circle.

Set in the fictional town of Deer Lick, Missouri, A Murder, a Mystery, and a Marriage chronicles the fortunes of a farmer determined to have his daughter marry the son of a wealthy man. It’s a charming story in the Twain tradition and a delightful addition to his legacy.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ashley Case | 2/20/2014

    " Meh. It was pretty good I guess. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Melana | 2/14/2014

    " I really enjoyed Mark Twain's (as he called it) "Blindfold Novelette". An interesting idea to share a skeletal outline for a story with other known authors of that time and then get together to exchange ideas and inspirations too bad that it never seemed to have went anywhere. Also a wonderful American history lesson by Roy Blount, Jr. included! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Linda | 1/30/2014

    " While the story was not all that exciting for me, I find that I am drawn to the gimicky stuff this was designed to elicit and never did. The essential premise was that several authors of Twain's time would write a novelette based on the same plot premise of a murder, a mystery and a marriage. Twain is the only one who ever wrote it. The resolution of the murder was predictable. The solution of the mystery was wholly unexpected by this reader - a bit far fetched, but wholly unexpected. The commentary at the end attempts to explain the solution of the mystery but it remains a bit unclear to me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tara | 1/7/2014

    " This is one of those post-humously published things that gets people all excited and then let down. Yeah, it's a fun read. Yeah, it sounds like good old Twain and that's nice. But it's the tiniest tease of a morsel! If it had been released while he was alive it would only be published now in compilations of his shorter works and not draw much attention to itself. After reading this I went and reread some of his old hat stuff and was thus satisfied. "

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