The Selected Letters of Mark Twain. Mark Twain.
The Selected Letters of Mark Twain
The Selected Letters of Mark Twain
The Selected Letters of Mark Twain
The Selected Letters of Mark Twain

The Selected Letters of Mark Twain

ISBN: 0060149469
New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1982. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. "Spanning Samuel Clemens' adult life- from his eighteenth year until his death at seventy-four- these marvelous letters provide an incomparable purview of their author's psyche and genius. They also serve as a second and even more intimate autobiography as we follow his career from type-setter to riverboat pilot, frontier miner, newspaper correspondent, world traveler, and eminently successful lecturer and author. There are also revealing insights into the highs and lows of his personal life as a free-wheeling bachelor, a loving husband, and a father destined to suffer shattering losses." (from front flap) A collection of letters by Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain (1835-1910), spanning all the phases & facets of the canonical American author & humorist's life & work. Twain's immortal works were among the earliest to be honored with inclusion in the Library of America series. Edited, with an introduction & commentary by Charles Neider (1915-2001), the noted American novelist, essayist & editor who also edited an edition of Twain's autobiographical writings (see our item No. 4516). As noted on rear flap, "The letters in this collection were chosen primarily from Mark Twain's Letters, a two-volume work published in 1917 and long out of print, selected and edited by Twain's friend, literary executor and biographer Albert Bigelow Paine." This volume begins with Paine's "Mark Twain: A Biographical Sketch," which he wrote in fresh grief in the wake of Twain's death. (see our item No. 4251, the complete 3-volume first edition of Paine's 1912 Twain biography). Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition as stated on copyright page, first printing as indicated by number sequence thereon. A collectible compilation of the fascinating, insightful letters of Mark Twain, with Neider's helpful scholarship. Book in very fine condition with only a bit of wear & fading to edges & corners of front, back covers & spine; slight bend of spine toward front; a touch of light browning to upper edge of text block. Interior very fine; virtually mint. Dust jacket near-fine with mild rubbing, faint scratching & occasional spotting to front, back covers, spine & flaps; light wear & some tiny bumps, creases at edges & corners of same esp. upper spine-edge & corners incl. several very short, mostly closed tears with slightest loss of paper. Very Fine / Near Fine. [Item #4546]

Price: $40.00