"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg" is one of Mark Twain's most satiric and biting stories. It first appeared in Harper's Monthly in December 1899.A town that prides itself on its honesty finds itself severely tested. One of the demons Twain always set out to slay was the myth that the citizens of the American republic are inherently more virtuous than others. By the invention of an elaborate hoax, a kind of giant practical joke, Twain has his hero turn the town of Hadleyburg inside out and, in the process, teach the hypocrites who dwell there a lesson in humility and moral realism.There are 12 other stories in this volume that display Twain's incredible range of humor and wit:
"The Million Pound Bank Note"
Extracts from "Adam's Diary"
"The Joke That Made Ed's Fortune"
"Edward Mills and George Benton: A Tale"
"Cannabalism in the Cars"
"The Story of the Good Little Boy"
"The Story of the Bad Little Boy"
"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calavaras County"
"Baker's Bluejay Yarn"
"The Man Who Put Up at Gadsby's"
"Journalism in Tennessee"
Zimmerman, Killavey, and Benson are the formidable trio of narrators that bring us this collection of short stories by Mark Twain. Twain's satirical writing style and biting wit are showcased in this collection, including the famous Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg. Themes such as life in small-town America, human hypocrisy, lying, manners, and storytelling are explored, but these themes never get in the way of virtuosic storytelling and good old-fashioned entertainment.
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Good selection, uneven narration
- Tad Davis