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Letters from the Earth.

Letters from the Earth Miscellany of fiction, essays, and notes by Twain, Mark, published posthumously in 1962. Written over a period of 40 years, the pieces in the anthology are characterized by a sense of ironic pessimism.

The title piece comprises letters written by Satan to his fellow angels about the shameless pride and foolishness of humans. "Papers of the Adam Family," a first-person family history of Adam and Eve, traces the first failed attempts at civilization. Other pieces include "A Cat-Tale," an amusing, alliterative bedtime story; "Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses," a critique of that author's style; and "The Damned Human Race," a collection of bitter satirical bits.

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Publication:Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jan 1, 1995
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