copyright 1906; "Author's National Edition, The Writings of Mark Twain, Volume XXIV"; Harper & Brothers Publishers, New York; illustrated; hardbound; quite good condition with unmarked pages; minor ageing; boards have minor wear; no dust jacket.
A collection of thirty comic short stories by the American humorist and writer Mark Twain. The stories contained span the course of his career, from "Advice to Young Girls" in 1865 to the titular tale in 1904. Although Twain had ample time to refine his short stories between their original publication date and this collection, there is little evidence to suggest he took an active interest in doing so. "A Burlesque Biography" contains only a few minor technical revisions which make it different from the 1871 version found in Mark Twain's "(Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance". "Advice to Little Girls" shows slight revision from its earlier publication in The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.