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Post Mark Twain complete works
Perhaps there is a better place for this thread, but I am looking for recommendations for a Complete Works of Twain, or some combination of sets that amounts to the complete works. I would prefer hardback books to ebooks. The sets I've seen referred to as 'complete' are, actually, only unabridged.
In rereading the fantasies and the Off the Main Sequence collections recently, I realized I can no longer put off a thorough reading of my favorite author's favorite authors.
Any and all helpful responses are appreciated.


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Running Press did two volumes years ago - you should still be able to find secondhand copies. As far as I can tell, they contain all the Twain worth having on the shelf. Even the editor admits, in the foreword to the second volume, that there will not be a third because he's run out of first-rate work to include.

Twain wrote a vast amount of stuff, a very large proportion of which is only of interest to the very dedicated reader or scholar. I suspect by "complete" you mean all of the good stuff.

The RP books have the downside of being very fat volumes, a bit hard to manage for casual reading. OTOH, there's a lovely companion volume of everything Poe wrote.

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My grandmother, before she passed away in 1980, passed along to me a leather-bound single-volume "Complete Works of Mark Twain" published in 1923. It is printed on onion-skin paper, and, while I don't think it actually contains his "complete works," does contain an astounding amount of material.


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JackKelly wrote:
My grandmother, before she passed away in 1980, passed along to me a leather-bound single-volume "Complete Works of Mark Twain" published in 1923. It is printed on onion-skin paper, and, while I don't think it actually contains his "complete works," does contain an astounding amount of material.

I don't think there will ever be a complete works. Not only was the estate extremely difficult about permissions while Clara C-G-whatever-S was still alive, during the heyday of the collected works series, but there are literally millions of unpublished words, most of them fragments of stories and articles. I'm sure Twain scholars would be willing to edit them into submission if allowed to do so. There are still hundreds of academic publications on Twain each year, and every year or two somebody finds a rewritten fragment of Huckleberry Finn -- passages or sometimes entire chapters -- in the archive and does a comparative paper.


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The Library of America edition is extremely good and at last has I think all of the important and many of the lesser works -- although, as pointed out above, is not "complete". The volumes can be purchased individually or as a set.

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If it doesn't contain "The Literary Offenses of James Fenimore Cooper," it is neither complete nor adequate for my library.


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"For he was a Cooper Indian, too" is a common phrase around here.

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If there is a twig, he will step on it and break it, loudly....


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Classic hilarity in literary criticism:

"Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offences"
"Fenimore Cooper's Further Literary Offenses"

Mark Twain
Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches, & Essays 1891–1910
http://www.loa.org/volume.jsp?RequestID=81&section=toc

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For trans-continental hilarity, "What Paul Bourget Thinks of Us" and "A Little Note to M. Paul Bourget" are unparalleled. "Cannibalism In The Cars"! I'm cracking up just thinking about it.
My grandfather died leaving a 26 volume set from Harper and Brothers. I grabbed them when nobody was looking, and made the irrevocable mistake of reading them during my teenage years. I urge you to protect your children from such disaster, rather encourage them to become productive citizens and responsible adults. I understand that a new complete scholarly edition of the autobiography is forthcoming. I fear for the future.
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