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The people of Mesopotamia believed that their world was controlled by gods and goddesses, demons and monsters.
There were hundreds of gods who were responsible for everything in the world, from rivers and trees to making bread and pottery.
Each city was protected by its own special god or goddess and their family. Large temples were built in the centre of the city for these gods to live in. Priests looked after the gods with special rituals. There were also smaller temples throughout the city where ordinary people could make offerings.
Demons were created by the gods with human bodies and animal or bird heads. They could be either evil or good. Monsters were a mixture of animals and birds.
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After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all – News, Books – The Independent.
via After keeping us waiting for a century, Mark Twain will finally reveal all – News, Books – The Independent.
Exactly a century after rumours of his death turned out to be entirely accurate, one of Mark Twain’s dying wishes is at last coming true: an extensive, outspoken and revelatory autobiography which he devoted the last decade of his life to writing is finally going to be published.
The creator of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and some of the most frequently misquoted catchphrases in the English language left behind 5,000 unedited pages of memoirs when he died in 1910, together with handwritten notes saying that he did not want them to hit bookshops for at least a century.
That milestone has now been reached, and in November the University of California, Berkeley, where the manuscript is in a vault, will release the first volume of Mark Twain’s autobiography. The eventual trilogy will run to half a million words, and shed new light on the quintessentially American novelist.
- Twain’s life, as he told it (philly.com)
- Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead by Mark Twain and Don Borchert
|Mark Twain, detail of photo by Mathew Brady, February 7, 1871
||Samuel Langhorne Clemens
November 30, 1835
Florida, Missouri, U.S.
||April 21, 1910 (aged 74)
Redding, Connecticut, U.S.
||Fiction, historical fiction, children’s literature, non-fiction, travel literature, satire, essay,philosophical literature, social commentary, literary criticism
||Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
||Olivia Langdon Clemens (1870–1904)
||Langdon, Susy, Clara, Jean