Mark Twain is best known as one of this country's finest humorists and novelists. As this collection confirms, he was one of our finest essayists as well. Gathered here in a single volume, these pieces reveal the complete range of this esteemed American writer and contain some of his best, funniest, and most caustic work. "English as She Is Taught," "What Is Man?," and "Letters to Satan" are among the seventy-seven essays, each featuring Twain's witty, vital, colorful style -- and reminding us why, nearly one hundred years after his death, he continues to be one of the most widely read and beloved of all American authors.
Charles Neider is a noted literary critic, editor, and novelist. His many books as editor include Washington Irving's George Washington: A Biography, The Complete Humorous Sketches, Tales of Mark Twain, The Great West: A Treasury of Firsthand Accounts, The Complete Short Stories of Robert Louis Stevenson, The Complete Essays of Mark Twain, and The Autobiography of Mark Twain. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey.