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I don't have a favorite as I loved them all. "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" and "Following the Equator" (More Tramps Abroad) are up there though.
"It could probably be shown by facts and figures that there is no distinctly native American criminal class except Congress." ("Following the Equator")
I voted for Huck Finn because my favorite, Puddin'head Wilson, is not on the list. My favorite Twain story is about a old ram or an old bull or some old horned animal (that the guy never talks about because he's drunk and rambling and gets distracted describing little details - a glass eye, some guy with a peg leg, somebody's bald head - that he lapses in to a drunken stupor before gets to the point, the ram/bull). It's hysterical.
Grandfather's Old Ram Part 1
That IS a classic. Here it is by Hal Holbrook in two parts...
His last story - The Mysterious Stranger - find the 1982 version from The Mark Twain Library Series as it is considered the most complete of the unfinished work.
"All generalizations are false, including this one." MT
Hey River -- my favorite is this one, too! "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
If the topic is American writers in the second half of the 19th & very early 20th Centuries, I'd have to say that I prefer Ambrose Bierce to Twain.
Letters From The Earth-- An atheist classic!
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