Laughter without a tinge of philosophy is but a sneeze of humor genuine humor is replete with wisdom quoted in mark twain and i opie read humor is the great thing the saving thing after all. When mark twains the celebrated jumping frog of calaveras county first appeared in 1865 it was hailed by james russell lowell the boston based leader of the literary elite as the finest piece of humorous literature yet produced in america. Nevertheless these stories are among twains finest and are sure to please students rediscovering a piece of american heritage teachers will find this high quality recording a useful tool for introducing the work of a truly remarkable author to a new generation. The mark twain prize for american humor is an american award for humor awarded by the john f kennedy center for the performing arts annually since 1998 it is named after the 19th century novelist essayist and humorist mark twain and is presented to individuals who have had an impact on american society in ways similar to twain. Mark twains library of humor is an 1888 anthology of short humorous works compiled by mark twain pen name of samuel langhorne clemens william dean howells and charles hopkins clark in 1880 george gebbie suggested to mark twain that he publish an anthology of humorous works
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