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Letters From The Earth

Author : Mark Twain
Publisher : Youcanprint
Page : pages
File Size : 40,25 MB
Release : 2017-04-04
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 8892658379


The Creator sat upon the throne, thinking. Behind him stretched the illimitable continent of heaven, steeped in a glory of light and color; before him rose the black night of Space, like a wall. His mighty bulk towered rugged and mountain-like into the zenith, and His divine head blazed there like a distant sun. At His feet stood three colossal figures, diminished to extinction, almost, by contrast -- archangels -- their heads level with His ankle-bone. When the Creator had finished thinking, He said, "I have thought. Behold!" He lifted His hand, and from it burst a fountain-spray of fire, a million stupendous suns, which clove the blackness and soared, away and away and away, diminishing in magnitude and intensity as they pierced the far frontiers of Space, until at last they were but as diamond nailheads sparkling under the domed vast roof of the universe. At the end of an hour the Grand Council was dismissed. They left the Presence impressed and thoughtful, and retired to a private place, where they might talk with freedom. None of the three seemed to want to begin, though all wanted somebody to do it.

Letters From The Earth (EasyRead Super Large 20pt Edition)

Author : Mark Twain
Publisher : ReadHowYouWant.com
Page : 138 pages
File Size : 40,88 MB
Release : 2008-11-05
Category : Philosophy
ISBN : 1427081875


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Letters from Earth

Author : Mark Twain
Publisher :
Page : 84 pages
File Size : 48,53 MB
Release : 2018-10-22
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781684183098


The great American writer's most controversial and suppressed work, Letters from Earth, consists of a series of detailed reports written by Satan to the Archangels Gabriel and Michael, in which the inhabitants of earth are described as long-suffering victims of their own ludicrous religious beliefs. The essays were initially considered too "controversial" to publish, and were suppressed by Twain's own family who felt that the writer's reputation would be harmed if the depth of his dislike for Christianity, and his uncanny ability to see through all the foibles of human belief and the large number of biblical contradictions, became widely known. It was only in 1962--more than fifty years after Twain's death--that permission was finally granted by the family for the essays to be published. They are without doubt some of Twain's finest, funniest, and most sharp writing ever. On man: "Man is a marvelous curiosity. When he is at his very, very best he is a sort of low grade nickel-plated angel; at his worst he is unspeakable, unimaginable; and first and last and all the time he is a sarcasm." On God and man: "He took a pride in man; man was his finest invention; man was his pet, after the housefly . . ." On the Bible: "It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies."

Mark Twain: Man in White

Author : Michael Shelden
Publisher : Random House
Page : 641 pages
File Size : 24,25 MB
Release : 2010-01-26
Category : Biography & Autobiography
ISBN : 1588369285


One day in late 1906, seventy-one-year-old Mark Twain attended a meeting on copyright law at the Library of Congress. The arrival of the famous author caused the usual stir—but then Twain took off his overcoat to reveal a "snow-white" tailored suit and scandalized the room. His shocking outfit appalled and delighted his contemporaries, but far more than that, as Pulitzer Prize finalist Michael Shelden shows in this wonderful new biography, Twain had brilliantly staged this act of showmanship to cement his image, and his personal legend, in the public's imagination. That afternoon in Washington, less than four years before his death, marked the beginning of a vibrant, tumultuous period in Twain's life that would shape much of the now-famous image by which he has come to be known—America's indomitable icon, the Man in White. Although Mark Twain has long been one of our most beloved literary figures—Time magazine has declared him "our original superstar"—his final years have been largely misunderstood. Despite family tragedies, Twain's last half- decade was among the most dynamic periods in the author's life. With the spirit and vigor of a man fifty years younger, he continued to stir up trouble, perfecting his skill for living large. Writing ceaselessly and always ready with one of his legendary quips, Twain would risk his fortune, become the willing victim of a lost-at-sea hoax, and pick fights with King Leopold of Belgium and Mary Baker Eddy. Drawing on a number of unpublished sources, including Twain's own journals, letters, and a revealing four-hundred-page personal account kept under wraps for decades (and still yet to be published), Mark Twain: Man in White brings the legendary author's twilight years vividly to life, offering surprising insights, including an intimate, tender look at his family life. Filled with first-rate scholarship, rare and never-published Twain photos, delightful anecdotes, and memorable quotes, including numerous recovered Twainisms, this definitive biography of Twain's last years provides a remarkable portrait of the man himself and of the unforgettable era in American letters that, in many ways, he helped to create.

Pain and the Aesthetics of US Literary Realism

Author : Cynthia J. Davis
Publisher : Oxford University Press
Page : 256 pages
File Size : 28,61 MB
Release : 2021-11-04
Category : Literary Criticism
ISBN : 0192602365


The postbellum period saw many privileged Americans pursuing a civilized ideal premised on insulation from pain. Medico-scientific advances in anesthetics and analgesics and emergent religious sects like Christian Science made pain avoidance seem newly possible. The upper classes could increasingly afford to distance themselves from the suffering they claimed to feel more exquisitely than did their supposedly less refined contemporaries and antecedents. The five US literary realists examined in this study resisted this contemporary revulsion from pain without going so far as to join those who celebrated suffering for its invigorating effects. William Dean Howells, Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, and Charles Chesnutt embraced the concept of a heightened sensitivity to pain as a consequence of the civilizing process but departed from their peers by delineating alternative definitions of a superior sensibility indebted to suffering. Although the treatment of pain in other influential nineteenth century literary modes including sentimentalism and naturalism has attracted ample scholarly attention, this book offers the first sustained analysis of pain's importance to US literary realism as practiced by five of its most influential proponents.

Letters of Faith Through the Season

Author : James M. Houston
Publisher : David C Cook
Page : 390 pages
File Size : 41,57 MB
Release : 2007-02
Category : Christian life
ISBN : 9781562928346


For readers who want to follow a daily discipline of devotional reading, Letters of the Faith through the Seasons will provide daily doses of wisdom from the greatest minds in Christian history. Each day's devotion will challenge the reader to grow in their faith and knowledge of the Lord. In addition, readers will be encouraged to move from faith in theory to faith in practice as they experience the stimulating nature of these personal letters on such topics as faith, love, grace, and forgiveness. James M. Houston has incorporated prayers, devotional thoughts, and Scriptures to create a wonderful resource to lead the reader toward a more intimate relationship with their creator. Features and Benefits Devotions are arranged chronologically to coincide with the season of the church year. Letters are from great Christians throughout history such as Francis de Sales, John of the Cross, C. S. Lewis, Flannery O'Conner, Marten Luther and Soren Kierkiguard. Each letter concludes with a Scripture Meditation, Thought for the Day, and Prayer.