A Private History of a Campaign that Failed

A Private History of a Campaign that Failed Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in He gained national attention as a humourist in with the publication of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County but was acknowledged a

  • Title: A Private History of a Campaign that Failed
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9781603390286
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 He gained national attention as a humourist in 1865 with the publication of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn 1885 In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill fated Paige typesetter,Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835 He gained national attention as a humourist in 1865 with the publication of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, but was acknowledged as a great writer by the literary establishment with The Adventures Of Huckleberry Finn 1885 In 1880, Twain began promoting and financing the ill fated Paige typesetter, an invention designed to make the printing process fully automatic At the height of his naively optimistic involvement in the technological wonder that nearly drove him to bankruptcy, he published his satire, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur s Court 1889 Plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Mark Twain spent the last years of his life in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about the damned human race.

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    1. There was a small group of American authors who fought in the American Civil War and wrote about it (Ambrose Bierce, John W. DeForest, Sidney Lanier and Theodore Winthrop who was, in fact, killed in battle). Mark Twain was not among them although he did write also about that war. H.L. Mencken once jeered at him and others like Henry James as the "draft-dodgers."Half-mocking and half-apologizing, this was perhaps Mark Twain's response to the criticism. I do not know if the events narrated here ar [...]

    2. An exaggerated account of Twain's own experiences meddling in the southern side of the Civil War, this tale demonizes no one but the very concept of war itself. It is many things in a tight amount of time, it sizzles with the bittersweet satire that often oozes from Twain's pen, it I see sarcastic as hell while also featuring those brief spurts of self deprecation and reflection Twain often executes brilliantly, but it's also extremely emotional, particularly by the end in which the taking of an [...]

    3. The book is at its funniest at the beginning as Twain talks about the confusion in the West and how morals in America are quickly shed when there's money involved. The rest, a story of Confederate soldiers well, a militia of idiots who decide to make themselves proper soldiers after hearing hero's journey tales of saving Missouri is amusing. The tale is pointed about personal emptiness and the idiocy of striving for glory in another man's war.

    4. Mark Twain's The Private History of a Campaign That Failed, a fictionalized version of his own wartime experiences, is different from most Civil War fiction I've read. There's been a lot written about the disillusionment of war, mostly in a tragic vein, as participants discover the hardship and horror firsthand. Private History, a wryly comic short piece, takes a different approach, using humor to effectively strip away every vestige of romance or glory from the idea of war. It may not be tragic [...]

    5. This one of the best short story that provides a fictional account of a soldier in Civil War. The soldier is a Confederate and enlisted early in the Civil War. The story shows not braving heroism or intense battles, but instead shows the boring side of war. He is with a company that is made up of young men with romantic ideals and a not one ounce of reality. This company does not have one older man or veteran that can help these "boys" set up for success. They can barely take care of themselves. [...]

    6. This short story provides a fictional account of a soldier in Civil War. The soldier is from the South and is on the Confederate side of the war. The story shows not braving heroism or intense battles, but instead shows the boring side of war. It shows that not every battle was intense. And also that not every soldier was a warrior. Of course, since this is a Mark Twain story, there is a bit humor. Which is great, I laughed while reading this.

    7. I did not anticipate that I would like this story about the Civil War. This is a fictional account of a group of young soldiers in the early days of the Civil War. Parts of it were humorous and others were very insightful and painted a picture of what it may have been like to be a soldier in the Civil War. Mark Twain said on more than one occasion that they soldiers were charged with killing people that they did not know and did not have a problem with. I enjoyed the story.

    8. This was a highlight in my required-to-read-for-highschool list. I actually enjoyed this short story! :-)

    9. It is a very interesting book, with a good plot line. The description of surroundings of the book was excellent.

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