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Merry Tales

(1892)
A collection of stories by

 
 
These seven sketches are unmistakably Twain, displaying his characteristic energy, imagination, and sense of fun, as well as the darkly satirical edge that marks all his work. His targets range from the difficulty of learning German, expressed in a three-act play where two young lovers are obliged to conduct their courtship in beginning German, to the incompetence of military command, found in a sketch called "Luck" in which it is revealed that a celebrated general's most lauded battle stratagem resulted from his confusing his right hand with his left. Perhaps the best known story in this collection is "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed," one of the few pieces Twain ever wrote about his experiences in the Civil War. His friend William Dean Howells, on reading this striking autobiographical narrative, wrote to Twain, "It was immensely amusing, with such a bloody bit of heartache in it". As Anne Bernays writes in her introduction to this volume, "`The Private History of a Campaign That Failed' is a merry tale about shattered innocence and slaughter, unmatched in the care and handling". A fascinating collection of captivating and thoughtful tales.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-342-82463-6 / 978-1-342-82463-9 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-163-84150-1 / 978-1-163-84150-1 (USA edition)
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June 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Merry tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-110-51217-1 / 978-1-110-51217-1 (USA edition)
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September 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 0-548-52941-8 / 978-0-548-52941-6 (USA edition)
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June 2006 : USA Hardback
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Title: Merry Tales by Mark Twain, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy & Magic
Author(s): Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens
ISBN: 1-59818-492-X / 978-1-59818-492-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aegypan
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November 1996 : UK Hardback
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Title: Merry Tales (Oxford Mark Twain)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 0-19-510142-1 / 978-0-19-510142-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
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June 1992 : USA Hardback

Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 0-8414-8411-2 / 978-0-8414-8411-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Folcroft Library Editions
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Paperback Editions

September 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (Classic Reprint)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-331-13985-6 / 978-1-331-13985-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Forgotten Books
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September 2017 : Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (Mark Twain's Collector's Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 3849675009 / 978-3849675004
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August 2016 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-371-28190-4 / 978-1-371-28190-8 (USA edition)
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Twain Mark 1835-1910
ISBN: 1-313-02392-2 / 978-1-313-02392-4 (UK edition)
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May 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-231-34627-2 / 978-1-231-34627-3 (USA edition)
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February 2012 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales...
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-274-54752-0 / 978-1-274-54752-1 (USA edition)
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September 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-163-77032-9 / 978-1-163-77032-0 (USA edition)
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August 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry tales
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ISBN: 1-177-56535-8 / 978-1-177-56535-6 (USA edition)
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July 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry tales
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ISBN: 1-176-34884-1 / 978-1-176-34884-4 (USA edition)
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-110-51214-7 / 978-1-110-51214-0 (USA edition)
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-110-51209-0 / 978-1-110-51209-6 (USA edition)
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June 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-110-51211-2 / 978-1-110-51211-9 (USA edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Comfort Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7250-7 / 978-1-4270-7250-4 (Canada edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7249-3 / 978-1-4270-7249-8 (Canada edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Large Bold Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7248-5 / 978-1-4270-7248-1 (Canada edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Large Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7251-5 / 978-1-4270-7251-1 (Canada edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Super Large 18pt Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7252-3 / 978-1-4270-7252-8 (Canada edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Super Large 20pt Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7253-1 / 978-1-4270-7253-5 (Canada edition)
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November 2008 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (EasyRead Super Large 24pt Edition)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4270-7254-X / 978-1-4270-7254-2 (Canada edition)
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September 2007 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 0-548-46944-X / 978-0-548-46944-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kessinger Publishing, LLC
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March 2007 : UK Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 1-4067-3658-9 / 978-1-4067-3658-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ind Press
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July 2006 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales by Mark Twain, Fiction, Classics, Fantasy & Magic
Author(s): Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens
ISBN: 1-59818-861-5 / 978-1-59818-861-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Aegypan
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January 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 0-543-93877-8 / 978-0-543-93877-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Adamant Media Corporation
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October 1996 : UK Paperback
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Title: Merry Tales (The Oxford Mark Twain)
Author(s): Mark Twain
ISBN: 0-19-511411-6 / 978-0-19-511411-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr
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1892 : USA Paperback

Title: Merry tales
Author(s): Mark Oliver Wendell Holmes Collection Library of Congress ; Roy J Friedman Mark Twain Collection Library of Congress Twain
ISBN: 0-543-93876-X / 978-0-543-93876-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Charles L. Webster & Co.
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