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Author: Charles Dudley Warner, Mark Twain Narrator: Bronson Pinchot Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9781483090320
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The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is the collaborative work of Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirized the era that followed the Civil War. This period is often referred to as "The Gilded Age" because of this book. The corruption and greed that was typical of the time is exemplified through two fictional narratives: one, of the Hawkinses, a poor family from Tennessee that tries to persuade the government to purchase their seventy-five thousand acres of unimproved land; and second, of Philip Sterling and Henry Brierly, two young upper-class men who seek their fortune in land as well.

This book is widely considered one of the hundred greatest books of all time and is here to attract a whole new generation of readers, for the themes of this classic work are still relevant to our nation today.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The Gilded Age is a severe, truthful and painful satire...there is abundance of humor scattered through it.

    New York World, 1874

  • “It is decidedly original...the most entertaining book of the season.”

    Hartford Times, 1873

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maesha | 2/8/2014

    " This book despite it's monotonous aesthetics was such a good read. I initially picked it up thinking it'd be a political recollection of the gilded age but it was so much more than that. The drama and the romance and the politics combined made for an excellent story but it also revealed a lot about the years in which the book was written. For instance, a woman with beauty and elegance was able to get congressman to do almost anything she wanted them to do. It was really an eye-opener and I hope to use this book as an example in my US history regents in June. It was really good, I recommend the read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dan | 2/5/2014

    " Some good satire here and there, but I don't think this is one of Twain's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wes | 1/2/2014

    " A comment on today as well "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vickie | 12/8/2013

    " Maybe because it was written by 2 men instead of 1 I just didn't enjoy it as much. Just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 11/28/2013

    " What's scary is how much the Washington, DC of this 1873 novel has in common with Washington, DC today! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tishon | 11/8/2013

    " Not perfect but enjoyable. It's also oddly pertinent to today's political climate and economic conditions. You could substitute names of some of the characters with players in today's US gov't and the plot would still hold up. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/8/2013

    " Twain is a rockstar. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 KellyWells | 12/23/2012

    " awesome! - it's Mark Twain! early missouri and washington political intrigue "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 11/1/2012

    " Perhaps the most influential of any books I've read as far as politics, people and early American democracy - written in pure Twain salty style it is in my opinion his best work and an absolute classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 9/11/2012

    " The subtitle of this book is "A Tale of Today", and boy is it ever! It is as relevant today as it was when written 150 years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lemar | 4/13/2012

    " Twain lays bare the rot beneath the guild in this book that is as relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. His eye for human foible and potential for greed and corruption serve him well and are powerful tools to inform us today (2012) and I would imagine 100 years from now. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 D.J. | 4/9/2012

    " Gave up after 100 pages - just couldn't do it. Not one of his better books, in my opinion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 2/4/2012

    " Early Twain, so not as excellent as the more mature writer, but still fascinating for its searing portrait of the corruption that arises from a Congress for sale (sound familiar?). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gina | 12/21/2011

    " If you want to know how the era got the name "The Gilded Age," read this wonderful book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Burl | 11/19/2011

    " I didn't get a whole lot out of this book. I will probably re-read it at some point. At the time when I started it, I had also just announced my call to preach. Obviously, my mind was on other things. "

About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Bronson Pinchot, Audible’s Narrator of the Year for 2010, has won Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards, AudioFile Earphones Awards, Audible’s Book of the Year Award, and Audie Awards for severak audiobooks, including Matterhorn, Wise Blood, Occupied City, and The Learners. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale, he is an Emmy- and People’s Choice-nominated veteran of movies, television, and Broadway and West End shows. His performance of Malvolio in Twelfth Night was named the highlight of the entire two-year Kennedy Center Shakespeare Festival by the Washington Post. He attended the acting programs at Shakespeare & Company and Circle-in-the-Square, logged in well over 200 episodes of television, starred or costarred in a bouquet of films, plays, musicals, and Shakespeare on Broadway and in London, and developed a passion for Greek revival architecture.