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Letters from the Earth ❰BOOKS❯ ⚡ Letters from the Earth Author Mark Twain – Buyprobolan50.co.uk An American classic, withthan , copies sold some of Twain s most pungent and hilarious writings The attitude is that of Swift, the intellectual contempt is that of Voltaire, and the imagination is tha An American classic, withthan , copies sold some of Twain s most pungent and hilarious writings The attitude is that of Swift, the intellectual contempt is that of Voltaire, and the imagination is that of one of the great masters of American writing New York Times.

  • Paperback
  • 303 pages
  • Letters from the Earth
  • Mark Twain
  • English
  • 10 November 2019
  • 0060921056

About the Author: Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper Letters from PDF/EPUB or After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his callingHe achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royaltyHowever, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibilityBorn during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature Excerpted from WikipediaAKA Greek.



10 thoughts on “Letters from the Earth

  1. Steve Steve says:

    Satan s letters written during a visit to Earth, this is Mark Twain at his most cynical and offensive This is a far cry from C.S Lewis, perhaps even a Bizarro reflection Long before today s crop of posturing, pompous ass religious critics, Twain did it better, faster and funnier For those who like their humor dark as unsweetened cocoa.

  2. Kevin Shepherd Kevin Shepherd says:

    Do any of us die having said everything we wanted to say Or having said everything that needed to be said Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, certainly did not When he died in 1910 he left behind a substantial cache of notebooks, letters, and unfinished manuscripts, much of which turned out to be a treasure trove of brilliant satirical and existential prose Herein lies the problem How do you publish what amounts to be three pages of notes here, eighteen pages of an incomplete essay there, twent Do any of us die having said everything we wanted to say Or having said everything that needed to be said Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain, certainly did not When he died in 1910 he left behind a substantial cache of notebooks, letters, and unfinished manuscripts, much of which turned out to be a treasure trove of brilliant satirical and existential prose Herein lies the problem How do you publish what amounts to be three pages of notes here, eighteen pages of an incomplete essay there, twenty six pages of an unfinished story over there, in a coherent, logical, related format You can t What you do is what Bernard DeVoto has done you combine a selection of the best bits, annotate it with explanatory footnotes, and send it out into the world If science exterminates a disease which has been working for God, it is God that gets the credit, and all the pulpits break into grateful advertising raptures and call attention to how good he is Yes, HE has done it Perhaps he has waited a thousand years before doing it That is nothing the pulpit says he was thinking about it the whole time When exasperated men rise up and sweep away an age long tyranny and set a nation free, the first thing the delighted pulpit does is to advertise it as God s work, and invite people to get down on their knees and pour out their thanks to him for it I mimpressed with Twain than ever before His satire was as sharp as any written today, and it s no big surprise that his publishers fought hard to keep so much of this out of the public eye It wasn t until decades after his passing that Letters from the Earth saw the light of day If God had had a motto, it would have read, Let no innocent person escape You remember what he did in the time of the flood There were multitudes and multitudes of tiny little children, and he knew they had never done him any harm but their relations had, and that was enough for him he saw the wild terror in their eyes, he saw that agony of appeal in the mothers faces which would have touched any heart but his, but he was after the guiltless particularly, and he drowned those poor little chaps Not all of Letters is so biblically condescending If blasphemy isn t your thing, there s an irreverent slight on Britain s Prince Albert Or how about a short story on the fallacious faculties of felines Whatever your particular taste, there is surely something here that you can engage with, that will broaden your perspective and, just maybe, challenge your preconceptions about one of America s most beloved writers PERSONAL NOTE This being my 100th review on GoodReads, I looked up some interesting and kinda sad statistics 21 21% of my reviews have 0 views My most popular review is the short blurb I wrote about Antoine de Saint Exup ry s The Little Prince My least popular review according to whatever algorithm GoodReads employs is on The Man of Bronze by Kenneth Robeson

  3. Julia Julia says:

    This is our next book club selection, and I m loving it as much this second reading as I did when I first found this little gem over 30 years ago Twain had said it couldn t be published, and I can see why Not many in his time period would have liked the idea of Satan being on earth and writing scathing satirical letters back to his buddies in heaven about the condition of humankind.This is a thin little volume, but my version is getting lots of highlighting His criticism of humanity is as t This is our next book club selection, and I m loving it as much this second reading as I did when I first found this little gem over 30 years ago Twain had said it couldn t be published, and I can see why Not many in his time period would have liked the idea of Satan being on earth and writing scathing satirical letters back to his buddies in heaven about the condition of humankind.This is a thin little volume, but my version is getting lots of highlighting His criticism of humanity is as timely today as it was in his own era maybe so One of the ideas that always makes me laugh aloud is that humans have invented a heaven where everyone sings and plays harps However, Satan points out, hardly ANYONE on earth can sing well or play an instrument of any kind He and Kurt Vonnegut are kindred spirits they are soft hearted curmudgeons who criticize all the flaws in the human race BECAUSE they believe hope wish we could be better than we are

  4. Tristram Shandy Tristram Shandy says:

    The first time the Deity came down to earth, he brought life and death when he came the second time, he brought hell Mark Twain s Letters from the Earth, which were written under the influence of various blows fate dealt him, like the deaths of his 24 year old daughter Suzy from spinal meningitis in 1896 and of his wife Olivia in1904, never saw publication during their author s lifetime, probably because they were considered as heavy stuff even with regard to what could be expected of a satir The first time the Deity came down to earth, he brought life and death when he came the second time, he brought hell Mark Twain s Letters from the Earth, which were written under the influence of various blows fate dealt him, like the deaths of his 24 year old daughter Suzy from spinal meningitis in 1896 and of his wife Olivia in1904, never saw publication during their author s lifetime, probably because they were considered as heavy stuff even with regard to what could be expected of a satirist like Mark Twain.They are a collection of letters written by the Archangel Satan, who is once again banished from the presence of the Almighty due to certain irreverent remarks on Creation and who, this time, ended up on the planet Earth To while away his time and to amuse the other Archangels, Satan writes them a series of letters in which he comments on Man as such and on the Christian religion in particular Satan s first letter is comparatively harmless and amusing enough since it deals with the Afterlife as it is pictured by Christians, and here Satan states that in Afterlife Man seems to engage in all sorts of activities he shuns or grudgingly consents to during his time on Earth whereas he will abstain in his Heaven from whatever form of pleasure he has known here in this world, such as sexual intercourse.The following letters, however, becomeandiconoclastic and bitter when the author uses the Bible and the tenets of religion in order to reduce the idea of a loving and caring God to absurdity Partly, the letters employ a simplistic materialism, e.g when pointing out the absurdities of the story of Noah and the Ark, but they go deeper than that, e.g when the question of illness and disease is raisedThe human being is a machine An automatic machine It is composed of thousands of complex and delicate mechanisms, which perform their functions harmoniously and perfectly, in accordance with laws devised for their governance, and over which the man himself has no authority, no mastership, no control For each one of these thousands of mechanisms the Creator has planned an enemy, whose office is to harass it, pester it, persecute it, damage it, afflict it with pains, and miseries, and ultimate destruction Not one has been overlooked From cradle to grave these enemies are always at work they know no rest, night or day They are an army an organized army a besieging army an assaulting army an army that is alert, watchful, eager, merciless an army that never relents, never grants a truce It moves by squad, by company, by battalion, by regiment, by brigade, by division, by army corps upon occasion it masses its parts and moves upon mankind with its whole strength It is the Creator s Grand Army, and he is the Commander in Chief Along its battlefront its grisly banners wave their legends in the face of the sun Disaster, Disease, and the rest Disease That is the main force, the diligent force, the devastating force It attacks the infant the moment it is born it furnishes it one malady after another croup, measles, mumps, bowel troubles, teething pains, scarlet fever, and other childhood specialties It chases the child into youth and furnishes it some specialties for that time of life It chases the youth into maturity, maturity into age, age into the grave With these facts before you will you now try to guess man s chiefest pet name for this ferocious Commander in Chief I will save you the trouble but you must not laugh It is Our Father in Heaven It is not too difficult to detect the author s chagrin at the loss of his daughter Suzy through an insidious and senseless disease behind these lines, and yet the deeper question of why a Deity allows His creation to suffer cannot be dismissed Not even the usual counter argument of pointing out Man s liberty of action works here since diseases are usually not brought about by human actions but they simply happen.The letters also deal with certain gory passages from the Old Testament, as, for instance, God s cruel and inhumane treatment of the Midianites which is probably due to the fact that when the Israelites developed monotheism, it was their god of war that by and by replaced all their other deities but they also criticize the conception of God in the New Testament by pointing out that Jesus not only brought redemption and forgiveness but also the notion of Hell, which is true just remember Jesus s frequent announcement of wailing and gnashing of teeth for those who do not believe in him and follow his teachings In a way, this is really hard in that believing in something is not an act of volition what if I would like to believe but simply can t In this context, however, we ought not to forget that the New Testament was not divinely inspired the way the Qur an claims to be but that it was written by human beings who had their failings and their interests just consider the beginning of the Gospel according to LukeSince many have undertaken to set down an orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us, just as they were handed on to us by those who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and servants of the word, I too decided, after investigating everything carefully from the very first, to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the truth concerning the things about which you have been instructed Theophilus was probably a Roman senator or something similar, and Luke seems to have felt it necessary doubtless with a view to converting this important person to write down the life, death and resurrection of Jesus after examining the data available to him Maybe this explains why Jesus in the Gospels threatens unbelievers with the prospect of Hell over and over again In the Letters from the Earth, however, acynical explanation is given for the invention of HellLife was not a valuable gift, but death was Life was a fever dream made up of joys embittered by sorrows, pleasure poisoned by pain, a dream that was a nightmare confusion of spasmodic and fleeting delights, ecstasies, exultations, happinesses, interspersed with long drawn miseries, griefs, perils, horrors, disappointments, defeats, humiliations, and despairs the heaviest curse devisable by divine ingenuity but death was sweet, death was gentle, death was kind death healed the bruised spirit and the broken heart, and gave them rest and forgetfulness death was man s best friend when man could endure life no longer, death came and set him free In time, the Deity perceived that death was a mistake a mistake, in that it was insufficient insufficient, for the reason that while it was an admirable agent for the inflicting of misery upon the survivor, it allowed the dead person himself to escape from all further persecution in the blessed refuge of the grave This was not satisfactory A way must be conceived to pursue the dead beyond the tomb One might ask oneself the question Who but the clergy would have any advantage from the notion of Hell As one can see, the Letters from the Earth is quite a serious criticism of Christian religion, not only of contemporary Christians morals but also of their beliefs but its deeper criticism only works if you fail to consider the historicity of the Bible, i.e that it is, like all other religious tradition, not a word by word inspiration coming from the Deity Himself but a man made interpretation of man held values and tenets Some of the basic assumptions made by the author need not even be shared, as, for example, the Letter s notion that Man, being a divine creation, is not directly responsible for the way he acts since his nature was preordained by God For all their shortcomings, though, the Letters offer a lot of food for thought, as hereWe know what the offense was, without looking that is to say, we know it was a trifle some small thing that no one but a god would attach any importance to Now that bit has not lost one tittle of topicality for are there not still enough fervent believers in all sorts of religions running through life and claiming that God, the highest Being imaginable, can seriously be vexed by a book, a caricature, a sentence or anything else deriving from puny Man Hmph

  5. Ben Ben says:

    Cynics bow down before the idol of your seething ire Mark Twain s critique of the Earth s entanglement with religion as told by an oft banished bad boy of heaven we all know but not so well as we thought singes eyelashes at times A series of letters written by Satan himself during a term of expulsion from heaven depict the sad hilarity of mankind s relationship with it s creator Satan s outside perspective yields Twain an opportunity to express his deep criticism of god fearing culture It Cynics bow down before the idol of your seething ire Mark Twain s critique of the Earth s entanglement with religion as told by an oft banished bad boy of heaven we all know but not so well as we thought singes eyelashes at times A series of letters written by Satan himself during a term of expulsion from heaven depict the sad hilarity of mankind s relationship with it s creator Satan s outside perspective yields Twain an opportunity to express his deep criticism of god fearing culture It begins, This is a strange place, an extraordianry place, and interesting There is nothing resembling it at home The people are all insane, the other animals are all insane, the earth is insane, Nature itself is insane At the time of his writing this manuscript he purportedly proclaimed in a letter to a friend, This book will never be publishedin fact, it couln t be, because it would be a felony The theme of repression is expressed in Satan s own banishment and Twain s choice of perspective being eventual pure evil along with his belief the manuscript would never see the light of day push him farther in his advance on common decency than we mostly jr high Twain excursioners are used to Moralists will object, but if, like me, you like to see the gloves come off, this antiquated step over the line will take you ten rounds at least Also in this volume, such things as a dressing down of James Fenni Cooper s prose style and a rousing Unfinished Burlesque of Books on Etiquette , which explains how a gentleman should conduct himself when rescuing a maiden in a fire This is the backwater of Twain s writing, and its swampy atmosphere can bog you down in places, but the strange creations you find in this volume show dimensions of the writer that were never allowed to become apparent in his lifetime

  6. Kelly Kelly says:

    Okay after reading this I so wish I could have sat down with this man and that I could have shared a drink and a chat with him He was so witty and clever Hilarious He must have been something else

  7. Lamski Kikita Lamski Kikita says:

    I could write a long review of this amazing and shocking book Mark like I ve never seen him before the Mark I always wanted to hearfrom and did not find in his stories of mischievous childhoods in the Mississippi But i won t write that long review, instead, i will sub it up in the following sentence Man is a mistake The human race, basically, is the most horrible species that ever dwelled this earth We kill, torture, pass judgment, discriminate, and do the worst things possible with I could write a long review of this amazing and shocking book Mark like I ve never seen him before the Mark I always wanted to hearfrom and did not find in his stories of mischievous childhoods in the Mississippi But i won t write that long review, instead, i will sub it up in the following sentence Man is a mistake The human race, basically, is the most horrible species that ever dwelled this earth We kill, torture, pass judgment, discriminate, and do the worst things possible with the excuse that we are superior, which is obviously a very wrong statement But whose fault is it that we re so horrible is it our fault, or that of our Creator Our Father in heaven, who hasn t spared us all the pains possible, that even an erring human father would not want his children to go through Are we God s mistake or merely his toy Twain will tell you all about it, through the narration of Satan, Eve, and many others including himself

  8. Ben Ben says:

    This book is a varied collection of Mark Twain s later writings, from a period traditionally overlooked by American students but intensely scrutinized in Europe The titular Letters from the Earth series include wry and mildly heretical musings on Biblical lore, Christian cosmology, and human nature in general These were indeed the basis for a rather creepy children s Claymation TV show in the 80s called The Adventures of Mark Twain, the sort of thing that nowadays would get program directo This book is a varied collection of Mark Twain s later writings, from a period traditionally overlooked by American students but intensely scrutinized in Europe The titular Letters from the Earth series include wry and mildly heretical musings on Biblical lore, Christian cosmology, and human nature in general These were indeed the basis for a rather creepy children s Claymation TV show in the 80s called The Adventures of Mark Twain, the sort of thing that nowadays would get program directors drawn and quartered in a megachurch parking lot

  9. Richard Richard says:

    This is bitter Twain at his darkest In essence he takes the view that Nature is so filled with irrational horror and pain that existence is hardly worth having Humankind is not much better as its members thrive on stupid contradictions and cruelty The Bible is filled with thousands of lies and Jesus Christ was himself a sadistic liar In such a cosmos God is incredibly stupid, evil, or non existent That last is the most comforting thought as it at least allows human beings to concentrate on This is bitter Twain at his darkest In essence he takes the view that Nature is so filled with irrational horror and pain that existence is hardly worth having Humankind is not much better as its members thrive on stupid contradictions and cruelty The Bible is filled with thousands of lies and Jesus Christ was himself a sadistic liar In such a cosmos God is incredibly stupid, evil, or non existent That last is the most comforting thought as it at least allows human beings to concentrate on their own survival without worrying about meaningless idiotic rituals.There is no doubt but that Twain is deeply sensitive to the very real terrors and pain of life and these are challenges that everyone must face Unfortunately, Twain thought that humans were merely complicated automatons If that is the case, they haven t free will and their ability to freely change anything is questionable So don t look for answers in this challenging piece But then Twain wasn t trying to provide an answer he wanted to force the reader to confront the ethical dilemma of existence

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