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Sketches New and Old

Mark Twain (1835-1910)

1. 01 Chapter Preface & My Watch
2. 02 Chapter 2 Political Economy
3. 03 Chapter 3 The Jumping Frog
4. 04 Chapter 4 Journalism in Ten
5. 05 Chapter 5 The Story of the Bad Little Boy
6. 06 Chapter 6 The Story of the Good Little Boy
7. 07 Chapter 7 A Couple of Poems by Twain and Moore
8. 08 Chapter 8 Niagara
9. 09 Chapter 9 Answers to Correspondents
10. 10 Chapter 10 To Raise Poultry
11. 11 Chapter 11 Experience of the McWilliamses with Membranous Croup
12. 12 Chapter 12 My First Literary Venture
13. 13 Chapter 13 How the Author Was Sold in Newark
14. 14 Chapter 14 The Office Bore
15. 15 Chapter 15 Johnny Greer
16. 16 Chapter 16 The Facts in the Case of the Great Beef Contract
17. 17 Chapter 17 The Case of George Fisher
18. 18 Chapter 18 Disgraceful Persecution of a Boy
19. 19 Chapter 19 The Judge’s Spirited Woman
20. 20 Chapter 20 Information Wanted
21. 21 Chapter 21 Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls-Part First
22. 22 Chapter 22 Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls – Part Second
23. 23 Chapter 23 Some Learned Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls-Part Third
24. 24 Chapter 24 My Late Senatorial Secretaryship
25. 25 Chapter 25 A Fashion Item
26. 26 Chapter 26 Riley-Newspaper Correspondent
27. 27 Chapter 27 A Fine Old Man
28. 28 Chapter 28 Science vs. Luck
29. 29 Chapter 29 The Late Benjamin Franklin
30. 30 Chapter 30 Mr. Bloke’s Item
31. 31 Chapter 31 A Medieval Romance
32. 32 Chapter 32 Petition Concerning Copyright
33. 33 Chapter 33 After-Dinner Speech
34. 34 Chapter 34 Lionizing Murderers
35. 35 Chapter 35 A New Crime
36. 36 Chapter 36 A Curious Dream
37. 37 Chapter 37 A True Story
38. 38 Chapter 38 The Siamese Twins
39. 39 Chapter 39 Speech at the Scottish Banquet in London
40. 40 Chapter 40 A Ghost Story
41. 41 Chapter 41 The Capitoline Venus
42. 42 Chapter 42 Speech on Accident Insurance
43. 43 Chapter 43 John Chinaman in New York
44. 44 Chapter 44 How I Edited an Agricultural Paper
45. 45 Chapter 45 The Petrified Man
46. 46 Chapter 46 My Bloody Massacre
47. 47 Chapter 47 The Undertaker’s Chat
48. 48 Chapter 48 Concerning Chambermaids
49. 49 Chapter 49 Aurelia’s Unfortunate Young Man
50. 50 Chapter 50 “After” Jenkins
51. 51 Chapter 51 About Barbers
52. 52 Chapter 52 ‘Party Cries’ in Ireland
53. 53 Chapter 53 The Facts Concerning the Recent Resignation
54. 54 Chapter 54 History Repeats Itself
55. 55 Chapter 55 Honored as a Curiosity
56. 56 Chapter 56 First Interview With Artemus Ward
57. 57 Chapter 57 Cannibalism in the Cars
58. 58 Chapter 58 The Killing of Julius Caesar ‘Localized’
59. 59 Chapter 59 The Widow’s Protest
60. 60 Chapter 60 The Scriptural Panoramist
61. 61 Chapter 61 Curing a Cold
62. 62 Chapter 62 A Curious Pleasure Excursion
63. 63 Chapter 63 Running for Governor
64. 64 Chapter 64 A Mysterious Visit

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Summary

This collection of 63 writings by Mark Twain was published in 1875. Among other sketches, it contains “The Jumping Frog” in the original English, followed by a French translation (read here by Caroline Sophie) which Twain re-translated into English, showing how the French translation of his work was “badly flawed.” In many of these sketches, Twain shows his talent for outrageous and hilarious inventiveness, often in reaction to current events.