A Private History of a Campaign that Failed

  • Title: A Private History of a Campaign that Failed
  • Author: Mark Twain
  • ISBN: 9781603390286
  • Page: 455
  • Format: Kindle Edition
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    About Mark Twain


    1. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.


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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 are factual [...]

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    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 ano [...]

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    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.

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    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, b [...]

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    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 Worse t [...]

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    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.

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    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 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.

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

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    9. One of Twain s serious short works, this one during the Civil War Good, but I prefer his humorous works.

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    10. Grown men actually boys playing at soldier satirizes the naivety of war Like all Twain, endearing.

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

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    12. A 1884 story part of a book I read long ago titled Adventure Stories

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