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4.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 54.67 out of 5 4.67 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Richard Henzel Publisher: Big Happy Family Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2010 ISBN:
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Young Lord Berkeley has discovered that his family's title and wealth was fraudulently obtained by previous generations, and announces to his his father, Lord Rossmore, that he intends to travel to America, there to return the Earldom of Rossmore to the rightful heir, along with all of its wealth, titles, and privilege, and to begin his life over again - begin it right - begin it on the level of mere manhood, unassisted by factitious aids, and succeed or fail by pure merit or the want of it. As it happens, The Rightful Earl is an imaginative and enterprising attorney/inventor/office-seeker known as Colonel Mulberry Sellers.

While less familiar to Mark Twain fans than Tom Sawyer, Connecticut Yankee, or Huckleberry Finn, The American Claimant is a delightful tale, told with Mark Twain's trademark American humor, his biting social satire, and his well-drawn characters.

Narrated by American actor and Mark Twain interpreter Richard Henzel, whose Mark Twain In Person has been seen over a thousand times in the U.S., Canada, and Great Britain.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric Napier | 12/11/2013

    " No reading has ever made me laugh this much. I normally read to fall asleep, but this kept me up laughing. My opinion is that it's Twain's best work after Huck Finn. Too few people know about this hilarious story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nerd Wench | 6/5/2013

    " One of Twain's most overlooked and hilariously brilliant novels. I've read this multiple times and every time I laugh until my sides hurt. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/22/2012

    " Very funny book. Twain is a master at describing eccentrics. Highly recommended... "

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About the Author
Author Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens (1835–1910), was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. He attended school briefly and then at age thirteen became a full-time apprentice to a local printer. When his older brother Orion established the Hannibal Journal, Samuel became a compositor for that paper and then, for a time, an itinerant printer. With a commission to write comic travel letters, he traveled down the Mississippi. Smitten with the riverboat life, he signed on as an apprentice to a steamboat pilot. After 1859, he became a licensed pilot, but two years later the Civil War put an end to the steam-boat traffic.

In 1861, he and his brother traveled to the Nevada Territory where Samuel became a writer for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, and there, on February 3, 1863, he signed a humorous account with the pseudonym Mark Twain. The name was a river man’s term for water “two fathoms deep” and thus just barely safe for navigation.

In 1870 Twain married and moved with his wife to Hartford, Connecticut. He became a highly successful lecturer in the United States and England, and he continued to write.