First published in 1873, The Gilded Age is both a biting satire and a revealing portrait of post-Civil War America - an age of corruption when crooked land speculators, ruthless bankers, and dishonest politicians voraciously took advantage of the nation's peace-time optimism. With his characteristic wit and perception, Mark Twain and his collaborator, Charles Dudley Warner, attack the greed, lust, and naivete of their own time in a work which endures as a valuable social document and one of America's most important satirical novels.
Popular American essayist, novelist, and journalist CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER (1829-1900) was renowned for the warmth and intimacy of his writing, which encompassed travelogue, biography and autobiography, fiction, and more, and influenced entire generations of his fellow writers. Here, the prolific writer turned editor for his final grand work, a splendid survey of global literature, classic and modern, and it's not too much to suggest that if his friend and colleague Mark Twain-who stole Warner's quip about how "everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it"-had assembled this set, it would still be hailed today as one of the great achievements of the book world. Highlights from Volume 9 include: . the politcal writings of William Ellery Channing . verse by Thomas Chatterton . excerpts from Geoffrey Chauncer's Canterbury Tales . the letters of Lord Chesterfield . philosophy and maxims from Chinese literature . dialogues and letters from Marcus Tullius Cicero . the speeches of Henry Clay . the writings of Samuel Longhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) . poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge . selections from the works of William Wilkie Collins . and much, much more.