Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

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Sketch by Clemens written under his pseudonym Mark Twain, was published in the New York Saturday Press (1865) and reprinted as the title piece of a series of sketches that formed his first book (1867). Although his source was an old folk tale that had been in print in California as early as 1853, Clemens was catapulted into fame by his version, which tells of the jumping frog Dan'l Webster, pet of gambling Jim Smiley, which is defeated when a stranger fills its gullet with quail shot while Smiley's attention is distracted.

Subjects: Literature.

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Mark Twain (1835—1910) American novelist and humorist