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The Jumping Frog

The Jumping Frog by Mark Twain
By: (1835-1910)

In Mark Twain's "The Jumping Frog," readers are treated to a humorous and cleverly crafted short story that showcases the author's wit and storytelling prowess. The narrative follows the antics of a man named Smiley who has a penchant for betting on frog jumping contests. When a stranger comes to town and tricks Smiley into betting on a frog that has been weighted down, the tables are turned in unexpected ways.

Twain's skilled use of colloquial language and vivid descriptions bring the characters and setting to life, immersing readers in the colorful world of mid-19th century California. The story is laden with irony and humor, making it a delightful and entertaining read from start to finish.

Overall, "The Jumping Frog" is a testament to Twain's talent as a storyteller and humorist. With its lively characters, clever plot twists, and sharp wit, this short story is a must-read for fans of classic American literature.

Book Description:

“The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” is an 1865 short story by Mark Twain. It was also published as “The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” and “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog.” In it, the narrator retells a story he heard from a bartender, Simon Wheeler, at the Angels Hotel in Angels Camp, California, about the gambler Jim Smiley. Upon discovering a French translation of this story, Twain re-translated the story, word for word and keeping the French grammar structure, back into English. He then published all three versions under the title “The Jumping Frog: In English, Then in French, and Then Clawed Back Into A Civilized Language Once More by Patient, Unremunerated Toil.”

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