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Mark-Twain Style Thanksgiving...

By November 28, 2013

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Autobiography of Mark Twain - University of California Press

Mark Twain requires very little introduction...

Mark Twain is infamous for his American wit and controversial topics (with his banned book, Huckleberry Finn and his many witty turn-of-phrase lines).  So many of this books have been devoured by readers of all ages over the years. He wrote about racial and class relations, time travel, dialectic local color, coming-of-age, tricksteristic antics, and identity convolutions. Through his colorful fictions, we venture down the river and around the world (following his Pied-Piper call).

November is the perfect time of the year to recollect and re-examine the contributions of our favorite American writer. After all, Turkey Day is here! And, like most topics,  Mark Twain had classic bits of wit and wisdom to offer about Thanksgiving!

Mark Twain's Thanksgiving observations:  "The observance of Thanksgiving Day--as a function--has become general of late years. The Thankfulness is not so general. This is natural. Two-thirds of the nation have always had hard luck and a hard time during the year, and this has a calming effect upon their enthusiasm."

Mark Twain is one of those writers with whom I'd have loved to sit down and chat with (if I could go back in time). Imagine talking about books, writing, or really any topic at all.

What questions would you ask (of your favorite author)? What do you think Mark Twain would say about the current state of affairs--with books, technology and all the rest of it this November?


November 18, 2010 at 2:00 am
(1) tarayvonne says:

Hmmm…but it’s what face you put on that hard luck that determines how your life turns out :) It’s all in how you look at it and whether or not you decide to wallow in it…or rise above it! Always remember the saying, “This too shall pass.” And always react to everything like Mark Twain, with humor :)

November 18, 2010 at 7:32 pm
(2) Esther Lombardi says:

Yes, very true! Mark Twain (hopefully) teaches us all to see life with a good deal of good humor. :D

November 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm
(3) j guevara says:

What’s it like to hang out with Twain? read, ‘The Twain Shall Meet’ by j guevara. Twain’s mind in modern times; insight with bite.

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