The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is one of the most beloved of Mark Twain’s tales. Notable for the shaggy-dog quality of the story-within-the-story, this early work of humorous short prose was Twain’s first big success as a writer. Seeking someone named Smiley, a man comes to a mining camp and meets a fellow who tells him of another Smiley, an inveterate betting man. One day, this Smiley caught a frog and trained it to out-jump any other frog; but when a stranger appeared at the camp, Smiley’s famed gambling skills were tested severely … This volume also includes two other Twain gems: The Million-Pound Bank Note, in which a down-and-out American in London is challenged by two rich men to survive with only a rare million-pound bill to his name; and “Luck,” which tells of both a great hero of the Crimean War and the only man who knows how he attained such a status.
Mark Twain pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, was an American humorist, lecturer, journalist, and novelist who acquired international fame for his novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
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