27 episodes

These are some of Mark Twain's best short stories, adapted and told by Steve Daut. Episodes include historical notes and comments from Steve's book, Telling Twain, available through Amazon. To learn more about Steve, visit www.stevedaut.com

Steve's storytelling program, also entitled Telling Twain, is currently listed in the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council travel directory. Special online presentations can be arranged by emailing me through mail@stevedaut.com

Telling Twain Steve Daut

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These are some of Mark Twain's best short stories, adapted and told by Steve Daut. Episodes include historical notes and comments from Steve's book, Telling Twain, available through Amazon. To learn more about Steve, visit www.stevedaut.com

Steve's storytelling program, also entitled Telling Twain, is currently listed in the Michigan Arts and Humanities Council travel directory. Special online presentations can be arranged by emailing me through mail@stevedaut.com

    The Facts in the Great Beef Contract

    The Facts in the Great Beef Contract

    This story, first published in 1870, is refreshing in a way, because it demonstrates very clearly that a dysfunctional government bureaucracy has been with us for a long time, yet, we have managed to survive so far. So the next time you spend countless hours trying to straighten out an incorrect tax bill, think about what the guy in this story had to go through. The music for the episode is "Busybody", by Bryan Teoh, from FreePD.com

    • 11 min
    A Curious Dream

    A Curious Dream

    In this humorous but thought-provoking story, Twain reminds us to respect and honor those who have gone before. This is a adaptation is from a story Twain probably wrote around 1870, and was first published in 1875 in the volume, "Sketches New and Old". Music from FreePD.com includes "Footsteps in the Attic", by Arthur Fordsworthy, and "Nightmare" by Alexander Nakarada. Sound effects are from Soundjay.com, and from my personal recordings. The cover picture is from Portuguese Gravity on Unsplash.

    • 10 min
    Mrs McWilliams and the Lightning

    Mrs McWilliams and the Lightning

    This is one of three stories that Twain claimed was told to him by a man he met on his travels, Mr. McWilliams. I suspect the stories are homage to a couple he was friends with while he worked at the Buffalo Express.

    • 7 min
    The Salesmans Tale

    The Salesmans Tale

    This story was originally called The Canvasser's Tale, was first published in 1876. I changed the name because in today's language, we would call the man Twain encounters a travelling salesman, as we reserve the term canvasser mainly for get-out-the-vote types. Frankly, it seems to me that the artifice of enclosing the story within the frame of a visiting salesman doesn't really enhance the story, as the inner tale is so brilliant it could probably stand better on its own. But I left in the frame as a nod to Twain's conception of the story.

    The music is "Barroom Ballet" by Kevin MacLeod, for FreePD.com

    • 11 min
    Experience of the McWilliamses With Membraneous Coup

    Experience of the McWilliamses With Membraneous Coup

    This is one of three stories Twain wrote about the McWilliamses. He claimed that they were told to him by Mr. McWilliams, who he encountered on his travels, but it seems more likely to me that the stories were written in homage to friends who lived in the same boarding house as Twain when he was working at The Buffalo Express, John and Esther McWilliams.

    • 10 min
    A Fable

    A Fable

    This story was first published in 1909. As one of Twain's later stories, it was tightly written, and it is also very reminiscent of the folk tale genre that he was emulating. In fact, it sounds do much like an actual folk tale, that I tried to find one that inspired it, but I couldn't find anything quite like it. I did change the ending a bit to clarify my sense of what the story is about.

    • 6 min

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