A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings

A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings This book publishes for the first time in full the two most revealing of Mark Twain s private writings Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy their three daughters a

  • Title: A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings
  • Author: Mark Twain Livy Clemens Susy Clemens Benjamin Griffin
  • ISBN: 9780520280731
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain s private writings Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets These first hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing Mark Twain began to wriThis book publishes, for the first time in full, the two most revealing of Mark Twain s private writings Here he turns his mind to the daily life he shared with his wife Livy, their three daughters, a great many servants, and an imposing array of pets These first hand accounts display this gifted and loving family in the period of its flourishing Mark Twain began to write A Family Sketch in response to the early death of his eldest daughter, Susy, but the manuscript grew under his hands to become an exuberant account of the entire household His record of the childrens sayings Small Foolishnesses is next, followed by the related manuscript At the Farm Also included are selections from Livy s 1885 diary and an authoritative edition of Susy s biography of her father, written when she was a teenager Newly edited from the original manuscripts, this anthology is a unique record of a fascinating family.

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    • Mark Twain Livy Clemens Susy Clemens Benjamin Griffin

      Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.



    426 thoughts on “A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings

    • I received this book as part of a GoodReads Giveaway.A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings contains pieces written by Mark Twain, his wife Livy, and daughter Susy, that really illuminate life in the Clemens household. A Family Sketch was begun by Twain as a memorial to his Susy, who died of meningitis at 24. However, it quickly became a record of the entire household. This book also includes a record of the funny things the 3 Clemens daughters (Susy, Clara "Bay," and Jean) said as children, [...]


    • Where the hell do these keep coming from! Yet more previously unpublished (or rather partially unpublished) writings from Mark Twain. The first piece in the book "A family sketch" is excellent, Twain began writing it as a tribute to his daughter Susie soon after her untimely death, but as is the way with Twain, he meanders off and turns mostly into stories about his servants. The second piece "A record of small foolishnesses is less entertaining, but still Twain, it's a collection of the alleged [...]


    • Disclaimer: I received a free hardcover edition of this book through First Reads and am providing my honest opinion of its content.This collection of the Clemens family's private writings was a pure joy to read. I enjoyed the presentation of the pieces and the rich history they represent. Mark Twain strongly focused on the theme of nurture over nature in how he described the upbringing of his children. He mentioned multiple times how the family's servants influenced the training of Susy, Clare [...]


    • It's rare for me to give a book five stars, but this one should get six stars. It's chock full of nuggets about the Clemens family, I almost felt like I was their neighbor, and even followed them to Europe.It's an easy read, but not to be burned through. Take your time. It's that good.


    • After spending a few hours in the Hartford house, I felt much closer to the subject. So intimate in so many ways. The love and camaraderie of the family and servantsThis book was started by Samuel Clemens as a journal to remember certain events within the household. A great read.


    • For a smallish book, the vibrant magic of the Clemens family comes across well: the love, respect, loyalty, frivolity and charm are all there - just be prepared to want more.


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