Mark Twain and the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
Revised Edition

George J. Williams III

How Mark Twain's humorous frog story launched his legendary career.

Although American's usually associate Mark Twain with Tom Sawyer and the Mississippi River, Samuel Clemens spent nearly six years in Nevada and California where he turned to writing as a serious career. Clemens adopted his pen name, Mark Twain, not on the Mississippi River but in Virginia City, Nevada while reporting for the Territorial Enterprise from 1862 to 1864. Following a duel with a rival editor, Twain fled to San Francisco, where this book picks up the story. Twain loved The City, reporting for the Morning Call and began free-lance writing.

Following a series of scathing editorials about police corruption, Twain escaped to Jackass Hill near Sonora in the Sierra Nevada foothills, heart of the Mother Lode. Here Twain lived in a miner's shack with gold prospector pals Jim Gillis and Dick Stoker.

On a prospecting trip to nearby Angel's Camp, Twain first heard the tales of the Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. Twain's version of the tale became an international success and launched his legendary career. This book contains Twain's original version of the tale, "Jim Smiley and his Jumping Frog."


"Williams does a masterful job... A real treat that deserves to be in every public library."
Library Journal

2010, 88 pages, 5.5" x 8.5", full color cover, 28 black & white photographs, 1 other illustration, 1 map, chronology, index, bibliography. Published by Trees by the River Publishing Trust.
ISBN 978-0-935174-64-9. trade paper

$10.95

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