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The Facts in the Great Landslide Case
Jun 7, 2020 · 11 min
An 1860's courtroom drama. Absurd as it sounds, it may have actually happened!
More episodes from Telling Twain
Sep 17, 2020
Editing an Agricultural Paper
This story was first published in Galaxy Magazine and the Buffalo Express. Although it is certainly fiction, it is also very likely that it is based on arguments that he had with his partners at the Buffalo Express about increasing circulation versus staying strictly with journalistic accuracy.
Sep 5, 2020
In this story, first published in 1870, Twain talks about his travails with getting a watch fixed that didn't need fixing. I have told this in front of various audiences and quickly discovered that I needed to explain what it was like to have a pocket watch in an era when there was no place to find the exact time, and no telephones to even call to find out the time. So I provide that explanation right up front, trying to integrate it as seamlessly as possible into the story.
Aug 28, 2020
The Killing of Julius Caesar
The Killing of Julius Caesar was first published in a compilation of stories, and is Twain's little exercise in imagining what it would be like to be a reporter in ancient Rome, writing about Caesar's murder. Not wholly successful, so I have tried to modify it to make it less complicated (and hopefully more interesting) at the expense of some of the historical accuracy of the account.
Aug 19, 2020
Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven
Twain claimed that the original version of this story was his satiric counterpoint to The Gates Ajar, by Elizabeth Stuart Ward. It pokes fun at the absurd contradictions we carry about the nature of what Heaven is like. This adaptation is based on the revised version that was published in 1909.
Aug 10, 2020
One Little Tale
This story is my adaptation of Twain's story entitled Two Little Tales. The original is a story within a story, but it seems to me that the "outer" story that wraps around the other one actually distracts from the message of the inner story, so I got rid of it, leaving me with One Little Tale. I also added a fairy tale ending, because I felt that's what it needed, even at the risk of being pilloried by Twain purists.