You will not regret it, if you live.’ as ‘artistic creations’ and Cooper himself as ‘the greatest artist in the domain of romantic fictions.’ In ‘Fenimore Cooper’s Literary Offences,’ Mark Twain clearly thought otherwise.
In this critical essay, Twain states that Cooper violated 18 of the ‘rules governing literary art’ and proceeds to explain each one.
And lastly, as only Twain would point out, ‘Do not bring your dog.’.
He recalled the first time he ‘removed’ (stole) a watermelon from a wagon; once he looked at it, he realized it was not yet ripe.
Twain explores this in the witty essay ‘The Awful German Language,’ which was first published in Appendix D in He describes the language as ‘perplexing’ with its ten different parts of speech, one sound meaning several different things, super long words, which he believes have their own ‘perspective,’ and so on.
After breaking down the language, Twain goes on to describe how he would ‘reform it.’ When it comes to these long compound words, for example, he would ‘require the speaker to deliver them in sections, with intermissions for refreshments.’In ‘How to Tell a Story,’ Twain discusses the humorous story, which he says is the ‘one difficult kind’ and purely American.The humorous story, as Twain points out, ‘is told gravely’ and takes time to tell, whereas comic and witty stories, which are English and French respectively, are short and get right to the point.Twain also states that when is comes to comic storytellers, they will often repeat the punch line while looking back and forth at each person’s face to see reactions.Join Britannica's Publishing Partner Program and our community of experts to gain a global audience for your work! Bernard De Voto, Twain’s second literary executor, compiled the writings in 1939, but publication of the work was held up for two decades by Twain’s daughter Clara.The pieces in the anthology were written over a period of 40 years and are characterized by a sense of ironic pessimism.But the Deerslayer tale accomplishes nothing and arrives in the air’ and ’12.Say what he is proposing to say, not merely come near it.’ This piece is biting and funny at the same time.In 1865, Mark Twain wrote ‘The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,’ a witty short story about a gambler named Jim Smiley as told by the bartender, Sam Wheeler.A French writer, while liking the story and thinking it was funny, didn’t understand why it would cause anyone to laugh and translated the story into French in order prove his point.While funerals are serious, Mark Twain manages to make the subject funny in ‘At the Funeral,’ a short essay in which the humorous writer gives his take on proper etiquette when attending such an event.For example, the attendee must not ‘criticise the person in whose honor the entertainment is given’ and definitely ‘make no remarks about his equipment.’ Also, the attendee should only ‘be moved…according to the degree of your intimacy’ with the people hosting the funeral or the deceased.