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Mon, 11 Jul 1994 13:57:24 EDT
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"     Louis J. Budd (ed.), _Mark Twain: Collected Tales, Sketches,
          Speeches, and Essays_ (New York: Library of America, 1992).
          Vol. 1 (1852-1890), 1076 pp., ISBN 0-940450-36-4.  Vol. 2
          (1891-1910), 1050 pp., ISBN 0-940450-73-9.  $35 each volume.

The publisher describes it thus:

     This landmark collection--the most dependable and by far the
     fullest ever published--includes over 270 pieces, arranged
     chronologically, spanning 58 years, from sketches published when he
     was sixteen in Hannibal, Missouri, to the stories, tall tales,
     speeches, maxims, and other writings that brought him international
     renown.  Alongside popular favorites and familiar classics are gems
     to be rediscovered--like the startlingly topical sketches on
     everything from clothing fashions to presidential elections.  These
     volumes based on the University of California editions include a
     detailed note on the texts, a chronology of Twain's life, notes,
     and index.

The reviewer should ideally have some familiarity with similar editions,
such as _Early Tales and Sketches_ (U of California, 2 vols. to date) and
the editions by Charles Neider, which include _The Complete Short Stories
of MT_, _The Complete Humorous Sketches and Tales of MT_, _The Complete
Essays of MT_, and _The Outrageous MT_.

I saw the above and was wondering since I have a small collection of Twain
and am trying the get more if I bought these two would I not need to get the
ones by U of California such as _Early Tales and Sketches_(several vols) and
_MT's Letters_(several vols.) or should I get this set and try and get