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Mark Twain's Favorite Work

nando53Nando53 on 07/26/2015

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When Mark Twain was asked what he considered to be his best writing, which work do you suppose he chose? Huckleberry Finn? Tom Sawyer? Nope, he thought his un-Twainlike novel, "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc" was his finest work. This novel was so unlike anything he had ever done before, that when it was first published as a Harper's serialization, he asked that the book's narrator be credited as the author, in the hope that it be taken seriously.

He claimed to have spent ten years researching it, and two years writing it. "The others needed no preparation and got none." He wrote about Joan of Arc in spite of the fact he had no use for organized religion and thought that the French were governed by prostitutes.

Although the novel does contain a number of fictional characters, the history holds up well. Twain's main sources were Jules Michelet’s Histoire de France and Jules Quicherat’s complete transcripts of Joan's rehabilitation trial.

This quiz will be about Mark Twain's Joan of Arc, "She is easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced."
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Jomama254  (Level: 42.2)
Mon, 27th Jul '15 11:38 PM

a good history lesson, well done

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