By H. G. Wells
Spanning the origins of the Earth to the end result of the 1st global struggle, it is a brilliantly compelling account of the evolution of existence and the improvement of the human race. alongside the way in which, Wells considers such assorted matters because the Neolithic period, the increase of Judaism, the Golden Age of Athens, the lifetime of Christ, the increase of Islam, the invention of the USA and the commercial Revolution. Breathtaking in its scope and passionate in its depth, this historical past is still probably the most readable of its sort.
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But old fools is the biggest fools there is. Can舗t learn an old dog new tricks, as the saying is. But my goodness, he never plays them alike, two days, and how is a body to know what舗s coming? He 舖pears to know just how long he can torment me before I get my dander up, and he knows if he can make out to put me off for a minute or make me laugh, it舗s all down again and I can舗t hit him a lick. I ain舗t doing my duty by that boy, and that舗s the Lord舗s truth, goodness knows. Spare the rod and spile the child, as the Good Book says.
To the degree that the novel does ultimately hold together (I myself believe it does, for reasons I will offer shortly), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer represents a significant turning point, and an artistic advance, in the writer舗s career. It prepared the way not only for his great work Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which he was already conceiving as he concluded Tom Sawyer, but for all his longer works of fiction舒including A Connecticut Yankee and The Tragedy of Pudd舖nhead Wilson (1894). And while the ordering of a plot would never become one of Twain舗s strengths, his writing of Tom Sawyer showed him that he was ready to move beyond the sketch, and that he was now capable of working in a more capacious and textured genre.
1868Twain meets and falls in love with Olivia (Livy) Langdon. His overseas writings have increased his popularity; he signs his first book contract and begins The Innocents Abroad, sketches based on his trip to the Holy Land. 1869Twain becomes engaged to Livy, who acts as his editor from that time on. 1870Twain and Livy marry. 1872Roughing It, an account of Twain舗s adventures out West, is pub lished to enormous success. The first of Twain舗s three daughters, Susy, is born. 1873Ever the entrepreneur, Twain receives the patent for Mark Twain舗s Self-Pasting Scrapbook, an invention that is a commercial success.