By Mark Twain
“[Twain] was once, within the word of his buddy William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’... on the middle of his paintings lies that maximum of all American features: irreverence.”
— Washington Post
“More than a hundred years after [Twain] wrote those tales, they continue to be not just remarkably humorous yet remarkably modern.... Ninety-nine years after his loss of life, Twain nonetheless manages to get the final laugh.”
— Vanity reasonable
Who Is Mark Twain? is a suite of twenty six wickedly humorous, thought-provoking essays through Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of that have ever been released earlier than, and all of that are thoroughly modern, amazingly correct, and gut-bustingly hilarious.
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It smokes latakia, and fine-cut Turkish and Syrian ordure that burns your tongue and makes a mephitic scent which suffocates. ” we're a useless and inconsiderate race. In criticising during this huge and boastful manner different people’s tastes within the subject of tobacco i used to be satirizing myself, with out for the instant being aware of it. For it's been my behavior to appear down in a fantastic manner upon individuals who have been so low within the scale of intelligence as to think this type of factor attainable because the constructing of a typical of excellence in tobacco and cigars. Tastes during this subject appear to be endless. every one guy turns out to have a customary of his personal, and he additionally appears ashamed of the subsequent man’s flavor and adverse to his commonplace. i feel that no one’s commonplace is steadfast, yet is normally open to alter. after we commute, and are obliged to move with out our favourite model and soak up with the cigar of the rustic we probability to be in, we almost immediately locate ourselves constructing that cigar as our normal. In Venice we're firstly too strong to smoke these reasonable black rat-tail “Virginias” that experience a straw via them, yet a fortnight’s familiarity with them alterations all that and we undertake the Virginia as our regular. In Florence and Rome we're sorry for a people who find themselves condemned to smoke the inexpensive menghettis and trabucos, yet quickly we favor them to the other cigars. In Germany, France and Switzerland we take much less kindly to the local cigars; yet in India we fast come to think that the Madras two-cent cigar is far better than the Cuban cigar which charges twenty cents in ny. i need to now not declare to talk relatively and justly approximately pricey cigars, for i haven't received any myself, and feature now not smoked different people’s while i may alternative an inexpensive considered one of my very own with out being chanced on; for to my brain there is not any cigar that's rather so vile and stenchy and inflammable as a twenty-cent Havana. this is often most likely a superstition; for i'm good happy that each one notions, of no matter what style, touching on cigars, are superstitions—superstitions and stupidities, and not anything else. It distresses me to listen to an differently sane guy speak about “good” cigars, and faux to understand what an outstanding cigar is—as if through any likelihood his usual can be a average for anyone else. we've all spotted this—and it tells its personal tale: that once we exit to dine at one other man’s apartment, we privately hold alongside a handful of cigars as a safeguard. we all know that the probabilities are that his general and ours will fluctuate. We take his cigar, yet we deal with a substitution furtively. From lengthy habit—backed by way of prejudice and superstition—I dread these pricey Havanas with a posh label round them; a label which bills the hundredth a part of a cent, and augments the cost of the cigar twenty-seven levels past its worth. i've got accredited lots of these; and given them to the terrible. it isn't that I hate the terrible, for i don't; yet in simple terms simply because i will not carry myself to waste whatever, even a fancy-labeled execrable cigar. no more than folks in 8 hundred thousand be aware of even their very own cigars once they are outdoors of the field; they believe they do, yet that's one other superstition.