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By Mark Twain, Shelley Fisher Fishkin

Longtime admirers of Mark Twain are conscious of how crucial animals have been to his paintings as a author, from his first tales via his ultimate years, together with many items that have been left unpublished at his demise. this pretty quantity, illustrated with 30 new pictures via grasp engraver Barry Moser, gathers writings from the complete span of Mark Twain’s profession and elucidates his distinct attachment to and regard for animals. What might shock even longtime readers and lovers is that Twain was once an early and ardent animal welfare recommend, the main favorite American of his day to absorb that reason. Edited and chosen through Shelley Fisher Fishkin, who has additionally provided an advent and afterword, Mark Twain’s booklet of Animals contains tales which are commonplace besides those who are showing in print for the 1st time.

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