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Editorial Wild Oats

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Author: Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Published: 1875
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,844 / 38 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 71.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,132
Added to site: 2006.10.07
mnybks.net#: 13182
Genre: Humor
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n infuriated mob of editors, blacklegs, politicians, and desperadoes, who raved and swore and flourished their weapons about my head till the air shimmered with glancing flashes of steel, I was in the act of resigning my berth on the paper when the chief arrived, and with him a rabble of charmed and enthusiastic friends. Then ensued a scene of riot and carnage such as no human pen, or steel one either, could describe. People were shot, probed, dismembered, blown up, thrown out of the window. There was a brief tornado of murky blasphemy, with a confused and frantic war-dance glimmering through it, and then all was over. In five minutes there was silence, and the gory chief and I sat alone and surveyed the sanguinary ruin that strewed the floor around us.

He said: "You'll like this place when you get used to it."

I said: "I'll have to get you to excuse me; I think maybe I might write to suit you after a while; as soon as I had had some practice and learned the language I am confident I could. But,

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
2013.06.07
Paulo Respighi
*****

Six of Mark Twain's recollections his early experiences in newspaper work on topics such as his first editorship at age 13, the weaponry needed to edit a newspaper in Tennessee, a character study, and a couple of blunders he made along the way. It's possible he may have exaggerated some of the incidents.

I found the pieces on Tennessee and editing an agricultural paper funniest. Anything by Mark Twain is worth reading

2008.06.22
Stan Soth
****.

Typical Mark Twain slightly caustic, complex humor. Fun reading throughout but especially the last piece.


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