How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

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First edition (publ. Harper & Brothers)

How to Tell a Story and Other Essays (1897[1]) is a series of essays by Mark Twain. In them, he describes his own writing style, attacks the idiocy of a fellow author, defends the virtue of a dead woman, and tries to protect ordinary citizens from insults by railroad conductors. The essays contained include How to Tell a Story, The Wounded Soldier, The Golden Arm, Mental Telegraphy Again, and The Invalid's Story.


  1. ^ Merle De Vore Johnson (1910). A Bibliography of the Work of Mark Twain. Harper & Brothers. p. 78.

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