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MARK TWAIN: WILD HUMORIST OF THE WEST
Created and Performed by McAvoy Layne
Besides being one of America's greatest novelists, Mark Twain was also a
fascinating, diverse character in his own right. So familiar are most
people with his works and humor that the man himself--the roving
printer, the volunteer in the Confederate army, the riverboat pilot--can
be too easily overlooked.
MARK TWAIN: WILD HUMORIST OF THE WEST offers an opportunity to
experience not only the rich humor of Twain's sage wisdom, but also the
man behind the words, both in his younger days and as an adult caught in
the struggle between boyhood and social order, Western humor and Eastern
Drawing on Twain's private letters, essays, speeches and
autobiographies, this unique performance by veteran actor McAvoy Layne
captures the Twain of the West, and the experiences that launched his
career and ultimately shaped his work. McAvoy Layne has performed as
Mark Twain in over 1,000 performances from California to the Discovery
channel to Leningrad University in Russia.
"[Layne's performance] was a superb mixture of sense and
nonsense, the driest humor, bits of fine word painting, and
covert satire.... We can only congratulate those who heard him
and pity those who did not."
Priced at $16.95 for this 2-cassette performance, we offer a 20%
discount to Mark Twain Forum subscribers on orders under $30, and a 40%
discount on orders from $30-$150, calculated before the flat $5 shipping
charge. To order, call (800) 231-4261 and ask for Keri Walker (Special
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
By Mark Twain
Read by Patrick Fraley
Hear the definitive performance of this complete, quintessential
American classic portrayed by one of Hollywood's foremost character
actors. Crafting three dozen unique voices into this timeless adventure,
this presentation of THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER celebrates courage,
fairness and optimism while unmasking adult hypocrisy and
pretentiousness. Revisit this remarkable "American dream of ideal
childhood written with unmitigated joy" (_Magill's Survey of American
Literature_), which was so good that Disney Productions chose it for the
radio promotions of their recent TOM & HUCK movie.
"[Fraley's] acting is excellent, energetic, and
enthusiastic.... (Even) readers already well familiar with the
book will find this set enjoyable and entertaining,
and will certainly want to pass it along to young readers...."
--_Mark Twain Forum_
$22.95 Retail, 5-cassettes. 20-40% discount. $5 shipping charge.
MARK TWAIN TONIGHT!
Performed by Hal Holbrook
We are proud to offer our number one selling title to you--this
outstanding Hal Holbrook production brought alive through spoken audio.
Holbrook researched Twain's voice, movements and life for twelve years,
even studying a rare Thomas Edison film and interviewing people who had
known Twain personally.
In this extraordinary theatrical achievement, Holbrook communicates Mark
twain's actual presence--the great humorist's voice, his timing, his
very thinking--for the listening audience.
Is it any wonder that Holbrook as Twain has a remarkable appeal for all
ages, recreating the incisive mind and scalding tongue of this legendary
humorist and writer?
"Uproariously funny, pungently wise." --_Time Magazine_
"Rich, robust, and mightily entertaining." --_NY Herald Tribune_
"No other performer brings Mark Twain alive like Hal
Holbrook....You are in the presence of Mark Twain from beginning to
end....Not for one moment does the listener realize an actor is on
stage." --_Mark Twain Forum_
$16.95 Retail, 2-cassettes. 20-40% discount. $5 shipping charge.