Letters from the Earth

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Carl Reiner
  • 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Letters from the Earth is a collection of short stories written during a downtrodden period in Twain's life and published posthumously. Here we see Twain on a somewhat personal level. Penniless and having just lost his wife and one of his children, Twain turns to writing about God, Christianity, and the many curious natures of man. This collection was so controversial that his daughter prohibited its publication until 52 years after his death.


What the Critics Say

The pages in this volume range from furious to funny, from deadly earnestness to frothy word-play." (Library Journal)


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Customer Reviews

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A must read for thinking people

Sam Clements didn't want people to read what he actually thought regarding some of the dearest ideas most of mankind hold close. At least he didn't want them read any time
near to when he passed.

It is hard to believe that this many years have gone by since he wrote this kind of material
and still people think he had a "negative attitude".

If one writes the obvious, and the obvious questions belief, where is the harm?

We have been programmed to accept what we have been told, and few are those that dare, or should I dare say, feel compelled to speak the obvious.

Thank God we had Mark Twain to speak for us......
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- Charles

Brilliant insights

I loved the religion-themed stories at the beginning. Truth! Risky blasphemy! The final story was too science-fictionesque for my taste. It was well-written, but not my thing. Overall, this book is evidence that Twain was at least one hundred years ahead of his time. An absolute genius.
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-03-2009
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books