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November 18, 2013

Twain, Smiley, Frogs

Mark Twain    (1835 - 1910)

Mark Twain
(1835 – 1910)

by Steve King

On this day in 1865 Mark Twain published “Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog.” Although the story was an old chestnut, one which Twain first heard from fellow prospectors around a mining camp stove, it gave him first fame, the centerpiece for his first book, and the yarn-spinner persona that Twain would mine for his entire career.

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