Mark Twain's Burlesque Autobiography
by Mark Twain
" I was born without teeth -- and there Richard III had the advantage of me; but I was born without a humpback, likewise, and there I had the advantage of him. My parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest. "
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by Albert Bigelow Paine
Biography of the classic American humorist, satirist, lecturer and writer. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
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by John Morley - The Macmillan Company
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