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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (203 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: John Lithgow Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN: 9780061806186
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“[Twain] was, in the phrase of his friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’... At the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American qualities: irreverence.”
Washington Post

“More than 100 years after [Twain] wrote these stories, they remain not only remarkably funny but remarkably modern.... Ninety-nine years after his death, Twain still manages to get the last laugh.”
Vanity Fair

Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely contemporary, amazingly relevant, and gut-bustingly hilarious.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “As funny and insightful as any of [Twain’s] published and well-known works, these essays take on the federal government, religion, race, fame, and even the literary canon with a sharp-eyed clarity we can chuckle over as we read while feeling uncomfortable knowing that they feel all too contemporary.”  

    Walter Mosely, New York Times bestselling author

  • “More than 100 years after [Twain] wrote these stories, they remain not only remarkably funny but remarkably modern….Ninety-nine years after his death, Twain still manages to get the last laugh.” 

    Vanity Fair

  • Who Is Mark Twain? is a refreshing reintroduction to both [Twain’s] critical analytical thought and his playful sense of humor.”  

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[Twain] was, in the phrase of his friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’…At the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American qualities: irreverence.” 

    Washington Post

  • “A fine reading of a batch of hidden treasures.”  

    AudioFile

  • Selected for the May 2009 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil | 2/3/2014

    " 100 years after Twain's death and new material is still being published. Some of the pieces make you wonder why it took them so long, they're wonderful, however others are considerably less so. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhapsodyblue00 | 1/29/2014

    " I would have liked the opportunity to meet this man. I loved his comments on Jane Austen, the postage rates on author's manuscripts, The missionary in world politics. This was a fast entertaining little book. I believe anyone who has ever read any of his works would enjoy this very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peggy | 12/29/2013

    " Previously unpublished stories now published 100 years after Twain's death. A few are unfinished, one includes rough notes of speeches, but most are as timely today as they were a century ago. It's an easy read, but definitely do not skip the introductory notes at the beginning of the book, which put the stories into a larger context and also reveal small facts of interest about most of them (though I think I would have preferred to have a small introductory editorial paragraph for each story, instead of something at the beginning of the book). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg | 12/26/2013

    " Fun to look into the sketchbook & scrap heap of this fellow. My favorite curmudgeon, still keeping us honest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 12/24/2013

    " For Twain fans, I'd check out, but I didn't especially find it one of my favorites. The items in here are hit and miss, but the last piece ends the collection well, and there were the usual instances of brilliance that made the entire time spent with the book during the lesser parts worth it, which is the case with many of his works. However, for the uninitiated to Twain's works, I'd start with another book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 12/9/2013

    " It contains 24 previously unpublished Twain essays. Some are partial drafts that he didn't complete. Others he wrote and put aside as possibly too controversial. I enjoyed it, but it's for the experienced Twain reader not the place to begin the acquaintance. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben Batchelder | 10/21/2013

    " While leftovers of a master, the collection is at times hilarious, astute, prejudiced (especially against established religion), but always readable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stan Golanka | 10/11/2013

    " Happy Memories of the Dental Chair and more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tree | 10/7/2013

    " Good book for Mark Twain lovers - he's in his element, and maybe even pushing the envelope a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher Rex | 6/7/2013

    " Mark Twain's social commentary is brilliant. He was so ahead of his time in so many ways and was completely unafraid to voice his opinions. This is not the best collection of his writings, but basically anything by Mark Twain is worth reading. Wait for the softcover and/or find it used, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donna | 5/19/2013

    " This collecion of Twain's unpublished works is a must for dedicated Twain fans and a great read for those of us who simply get a kick out of his acerbic humor. His essay on Jane Austin is a classic--too bad is was never finished or published. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ron Dakron | 4/21/2013

    " I'd say he needs the money, but he's dead... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank | 12/4/2012

    " This was a quick and interesting read. The book contains previously unpublished writings by Mark Twain. Some are better than others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 gina | 9/24/2012

    " A short introduction about Mark Twain and his works followed by short stories written by Twain. I enjoyed Lithgow's interpretation of the stories. His voice is fabulous! Truly humorous! I look forward to reading more of Twain's works. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 9/21/2012

    " Some of these unfinished pieces deserved to have been completed. Hirst's introduction is great as well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy Wax | 9/4/2012

    " Great stories and essays--some better than others. Mark Twain came up with the idea for "Six Feet Under" before the world was ready for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 7/30/2012

    " A nice addition to the collection of any Mark Twain fan. Don't expect to be blown away by any of the pieces included in the collection, and you certainly will not be disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 rachael | 3/29/2012

    " this book came highly recommended, but i just wasn't that into it. i ended up only getting about half way through it. maybe i can revisit it after (if/when) i read some of twain's fiction... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Mowery | 1/2/2012

    " Love his essay on Jane Austen. Very funny book as a whole. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rleven | 9/19/2011

    " Easily digestible and fun. you get nice snip-its of his genius, even if the readings are isolated and without context. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy Plonka | 8/1/2011

    " This is a collection of unpublished pieces by Twain which were not allowed to be published until 100 years after his death so it bears a 2009 publication date. His comments are remarkably spot on and humourous even today "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jonathan | 6/21/2011

    " This collection is hit or miss. Several pieces are fantastic, but you have to wade through some mediocre filler to get to them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/22/2011

    " A thousand times better than Tom Sawyer (the character, that is). Adventures of Huckleberry Finn provides a mature look at race relations through the eyes of a young boy. This work is nothing short of great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steven | 5/22/2011

    " I thought it was good but not great. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Judi | 5/21/2011

    " Maybe my expectations were too high. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 5/19/2011

    " this was the best book I ever read. I want to read it again and again and again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Markus | 5/19/2011

    " I Love Huck Finn because I love Mark Twain. Persons attempting to find pedo/homo erotic undertones in that will be shot. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eva Anne | 5/17/2011

    " Dissected this one for English class. Sometimes, discussion takes all the charm out of a book. So do angry yet subtle attacks at Romanticism. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sam | 5/16/2011

    " Not quite as entertaining as Tom Sawyer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 5/15/2011

    " Read this one back in the 6th grade for an English assignment & still remember most of it to this day :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 5/14/2011

    " I think this was the first real novel I ever read, and I decided I wanted to be a writer. I also decided I wanted to sail a raft down the Mississippi River! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raffles | 5/14/2011

    " One of the greatest American novels. "

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