Though known for his classic novels of adventure and coming
of age, Mark Twain is equally esteemed for his short stories, which abound with
the colorful characters and often comic antics readers have come to expect from
his longer works. Included here is “The
Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” a wild yarn involving a case of
mistaken identity, a gambler who’d bet on anything, and an unusual frog named
Daniel Webster. Originally published in the Saturday
Press in 1865, the tale was immensely popular, and in 1867 an expanded
version was published.
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