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The Gilded Age, says Justin D. Kaplan in his covering introduction, its "the most savage satire on democracy that American literature has to offer." Published in 1873, it was Mark Twain's first assay at sustained fiction, written in collaboration with Hartford newspaperman and essayist Charles Dudley Warner. This new edition is set from the original corrected second printing of the first edition. Of interest as germinal Twain and Americana. (Kirkus Reviews)--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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ISBN-10:  014043920X
ISBN-13:  978-0140439205
Publisher:  Penguin Classics
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Twain (and often-overlooked coauthor Charles Dudley Warner) subtitled this profound satire "A tale of today", and in its prescience it is profoundly and even shockingly modern.  Real estate booms and busts, political corruption, energy exploration frauds, celebrity culture, celebrity criminal trials as "reality" entertainment--its all here, in powerful yet powerfully restrained Twainian 3-D. Perhaps it was Warner's influence (at the time of publication early in Twain's …
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