The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

by Mark Twain

Jumping frog

THE NEXT STORY is up and, believe me, this one is not to be missed. Mark Twain. Love him or leave him (and frankly, he’s no longer on trial), he was a masterful humorist, and this is the story that catapulted him to fame—before Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn. It was published in New York’s Saturday Press in 1865, became immensely popular, and soon afterward was picked up by publications across the country.

The rest is history. Until now. I think Twain would have loved Robert’s rendition of Simon Wheeler and his interminable narrative.

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Go to the story.