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  • Mark Twain

    BBC radio productions of Mark Twain's very best novels and short stories - plus bonus material Mark Twain (real name Samuel Langhorne Clemens), was one of the foremost writers and humorists to come out of the United States. Hailed by William Faulkner as 'the father of American literature', he is renowned worldwide for his classic novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. This wide-ranging collection comprises dramatisations and readings of a host of his much-loved stories, from well-known works to less familiar gems. The adaptations include Tony Award-winning Bryony Lavery's rhythmic reworking of The Million Pound Bank Note; The Adventures of...read more

  • Philip C. Stead

    A never-before-published, previously unfinished Mark Twain children’s story is brought to life by Caldecott Medal winners Philip Stead and Erin Stead.   In a hotel in Paris one evening in the 1879, Mark Twain sat with his young daughters, who begged their father for a story. Choosing a picture from a magazine to get started, Twain began telling them the tale of Johnny, a poor boy in possession of some magical seeds, who finds himself on a quest to rescue a stolen prince. Later, Twain would jot down some rough notes about the story, but the tale was left unfinished . . . until now.   Plucked from the Mark Twain archives at the University of California, Berkeley,...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Three of Mark Twain’s classic short stories, originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Reading’ slot on BBC Radio 4 from 9 - 11 November 2010, to accompany the 'Autobiography of Mark Twain' (aired on ‘Book of the Week'). Read by Stuart Milligan. Twain’s classic short stories, with their familiar trademarks of high farce and droll insight, bring us eccentric burglars, cossetted children, and a visitor to a theme park obsessed with the making of mocassins. And also torrents of water... ‘The McWilliamses and The Burglar Alarm’: Surely their home would be better off with a state of the art security device - if it works, that is... ‘The Experience of the McWilliamses with...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Four delightful essays penned by Mark Twain, including “How To Tell a Story”, performed by Mark Redfield as Twain. Recorded before a live audience. CREDITS: Written by Mark Twain. Adapted and edited for performance by Mark...read more

  • M. J. Elliott

    In this faithful adaptation of Mark Twain's immortal classic, two boys, one a pauper and the other a prince, discover that they share an incredible likeness and accidentally find their roles in life reversed. The young prince must now contend with London's criminals, vagabonds and lunatics, while the pauper finds that he has a country to run, and internal plots to thwart. Can the real prince reclaim his right before an imposter is crowned in his place? And will his look-alike give up his regal position and return to a life of poverty? An adventure for the young and young at heart, bursting with non-stop excitement, wit and warmth, as the spirit of Twain’s beloved classic comes to...read more

  • O. Henry

    Two tales from two of the great American humorists. In “A Dog’s Tale”, Mark Twain let’s the dog do the talking, in a heart-wrenching story of her loss of a pup at the hands of her human master. In “Memoirs of a Yellow Dog”, O. Henry lets the dog of the title spin a humorous tale of liberation and freedom from the confines of a drab New York life for himself and his...read more

  • Mark Twain

    In ‘The Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup’, a strange fever is afflicting the neighbourhood just as little Penelope begins to cough. Though the reason is hardly clear cut... Read by Stuart Milligan and produced by Duncan Minshull. Originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Reading’ slot on BBC Radio 4 on 10 November 2010, to accompany the 'Autobiography of Mark Twain' (aired on ‘Book of the...read more

  • Mark Twain

    In ‘The McWilliamses and The Burglar Alarm’ it becomes apparent that their home would be better off with a state of the art security device - if it works, that is... Read by Stuart Milligan and produced by Duncan Minshull. Originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Reading’ slot on BBC Radio 4 on 9 November 2010, to accompany the 'Autobiography of Mark Twain' (aired on ‘Book of the...read more

  • Mark Twain

    In ‘Niagara’, the McWilliamses plan a day trip to those intrepid Falls to tramp exciting trails and meet some friendly Red Indians. But the best laid plans... Read by Stuart Milligan and produced by Duncan Minshull. Originally broadcast in the ‘Afternoon Reading’ slot on BBC Radio 4 on 9 November 2010, to accompany the 'Autobiography of Mark Twain' (aired on ‘Book of the...read more

  • Mark Twain

    The surprising final chapter of a great American life When the first volume of Mark Twain's uncensored Autobiography was published in 2010, it was hailed as an essential addition to the shelf of his works and a crucial document for our understanding of the great humorist's life and times. This third and final volume crowns and completes his life's work. Like its companion volumes, it chronicles Twain's inner and outer life through a series of daily dictations that go wherever his fancy leads. Created from March 1907 to December 1909, these dictations present Mark Twain at the end of his life: receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University; railing against Theodore Roosevelt,...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn - The Complete Collection includes the four original stories about Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. Thomas Sawyer is the title character of the Mark Twain novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). He appears in three other novels by Twain: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and Tom Sawyer, Detective (1896). Huckleberry 'Huck' Finn is a fictional character created by Mark Twain who first appeared in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and is the protagonist and narrator of its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He is 12 or 13 years old during the former and a year older ('thirteen or...read more

  • Mark Twain Project

    Irreverent, charming, and eminently quotable, this handbook-an eccentric etiquette guide for the human race-contains sixty-nine aphorisms, anecdotes, whimsical suggestions, maxims, and cautionary tales from Mark Twain's private and published writings. It dispenses advice and reflections on family life and public manners; opinions on topics such as dress, health, food, and childrearing and safety; and more specialized tips, such as those for dealing with annoying salesmen and burglars. Culled from Twain's personal letters, autobiographical writings, speeches, novels, and sketches, these pieces are delightfully fresh, witty, startlingly relevant, and bursting with Twain's characteristic...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Mark Twain: Humorvolle Kurzgeschichten 3. Eine Rigibesteigung: Mark Twain befindet sich auf Reisen in der Schweiz. Der Baedeker-Reiseführer, unabdingliches Reiseutensil, beschreibt die Besteigung des Rigi als ein geschwindes Unterfangen. Mr. Twain jedoch gelingt es, den Gegenbeweis anzutreten. Ein Landsmann: In der Tat, wenn man nicht wüsste, dass Twain im 19. Jahrhundert gelebt hat, würde man denken, er ist ein zeitgenössischer Schriftsteller. Der Landsmann, dessen rührend-nervige Aufdringlichkeit er beschreibt, könnte uns allen in einem heutigen Urlaub begegnen! Noch ein Landsmann: Mit dem zweiten Exemplar ist's nicht anders: Er gibt den abgeklärten Weltreisenden, für den es fast...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Mark Twain: Humorvolle Kurzgeschichten 4. Ein französisches Duell: Mr. Twain erklärt sich bereit, bei einem Duell als Sekundant zu fungieren. Schnell stellt er fest, dass amerikanische und französische Duelle sich doch nicht wenig unterscheiden! Das fängt bei der Wahl der Waffen an und hört bei dem Austragungsort noch lange nicht auf! Michelangelo: Wie kann man noch die schiefste Hütte adeln und zum Anziehungspunkt für amerikanische Touristen machen? Nun, indem man sie glauben macht, die Hütte sei ein Werk von Michelangelo. Aber nicht mit Mr. Twain! Die alten Meister: Nach seinen Malstudien in Heidelberg schaut sich Mr. Twain in Venedig Gemälde mit ganz anderen Augen an....read more

  • Mark Twain

    Die Schrecken der deutschen Sprache: Mark Twain befindet sich in Heidelberg, um Deutsch zu lernen. Die furchtbaren Mühe, die er sich dabei gibt, scheint leider keinen allzu großen Erfolg zu zeitigen: Zu komplex und widersprüchlich sind die Regeln des Deutschen... Wohl die berühmteste Geschichte Mark Twains - und eine, für die wir nur zu großes Verständnis haben! Eine schlaflose Nacht in Heilbronn: Mr. Twain und sein Reisebegleiter sind im ersten Haus am Platze abgestiegen, als Twain durch das Geräusch einer Maus erwacht. Seine Versuche wieder einzuschlafen resultieren in einer Katastrophe loriotschem Ausmaßes. Es ist gefährlich im Bette zu liegen: Zumindest gefährlicher, als mit...read more

  • Mark Twain

    “[Twain] was, in the phrase of his friend William Dean Howells, ‘the Lincoln of our literature’... At the heart of his work lies that greatest of all American qualities: irreverence.” — Washington Post “More than 100 years after [Twain] wrote these stories, they remain not only remarkably funny but remarkably modern.... Ninety-nine years after his death, Twain still manages to get the last laugh.” — Vanity Fair Who Is Mark Twain? is a collection of twenty six wickedly funny, thought-provoking essays by Samuel Langhorne Clemens—aka Mark Twain—none of which have ever been published before, and all of which are completely contemporary, amazingly relevant, and...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels 'Adventures of Huckleberry Finn' and 'The Adventures of Tom Sawyer'. Compiled and performed by James Carroll Jordan, this is an entertaining take on Mark Twain's tales of his travels around the world relating to women he has observed and met. Jordan presents the stories much as Mark Twain may have done himself in his days on the lecture circuit in the 19th...read more

  • Mark Twain

    “I’ve struck it!” Mark Twain wrote in a 1904 letter to a friend. “And I will give it away—to you. You will never know how much enjoyment you have lost until you get to dictating your autobiography.” Thus, after dozens of false starts and hundreds of pages, Twain embarked on his “Final (and Right) Plan” for telling the story of his life. His innovative notion—to “talk only about the thing which interests you for the moment”—meant that his thoughts could range freely. The strict instruction that many of these texts remain unpublished for one hundred years meant that when they came out, he would be “dead, and...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Un relato en el que Mark Twain pone de manifiesto sus hilarantes y poco ortodoxas opiniones sobre la religión, ahora para escuchar. «Me gusta una buena historia bien contada. Por esta razón, a veces me veo obligado a contarlas yo mismo». Con estas palabras Mark Twain, según Hemingway, el padre indiscutible de la literatura estadounidense, defendía sus cuentos, hábilmente tramados, de inventiva inagotable y personajes inolvidables. El diario de Adán y Eva (1893-1905), una divertidísima y por tanto poco ortodoxa reconstrucción de la vida en el Jardín del Edén, es una excelente muestra. Los mejores relatos para...read more

  • Mark Twain

    Meine Uhr: Als Mark Twain seine liebgewonnene Uhr zum Uhrmacher bringen muss, weiß er, dass nun eine große Leidenszeit beginnen wird - denn wie sein Großvater schon sagte: 'Eine Uhr ist eine Uhr, bis man sie zum Uhrmacher gebracht hat!' Adams Tagebuch: Adam wohnt im Paradies, als eines Tages ein fremdes Wesen auftaucht, das sich Eva nennt. Ab sofort herrscht in Adams Reich ein derartiger Trubel, dass er sich gezwungen fühlt, Tagebuch zu schreiben. Als dann noch ein fremdes Wesen namens 'Kain' auftaucht, ist das Chaos perfekt... Wie Mark Twain in Newark angeführt wurde: Als Mr. Twain in Newark einen Vortrag hält, fällt ihm ein junger Mann auf, der traurig darüber ist, dass...read more