Washington, D.C.--The Atlantic Books, the digital imprint of The Atlantic, today launched the first e-book in a new series of exclusive archival collections. Each offering in the series will spotlight one of the magazine's most-celebrated contributors from its 155-year history. The initial release presents selected Atlantic pieces by Mark Twain, who wrote for the magazine from 1874 to 1880. Future installments will feature the works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and John Muir, among other storied writers who contributed extensively to The Atlantic.
"It was a happy day for readers everywhere when Mark Twain knocked on The Atlantic's doors in 1869," said James Bennet, editor in chief. "We're honored to be able to share his subsequent work with our editor William Dean Howells--one of the most important collaborations in developing the singular American literary voice."
The Mark Twain Collection features an introduction by the Twain biographer Ben Tarnoff, who explores the author's fruitful relationship with The Atlantic and with Howells. Tarnoff writes of the two men, "Howells became Twain's most trusted editor, and most prominent public champion. He wouldn't simply make Twain a better writer; he would also explain Twain's significance to the wider world. He would elevate the author ... from a popular entertainer into a transformative literary figure."
- "A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It" (November 1874)
- "Old Times on the Mississippi" (1875)
- "A Literary Nightmare" (February 1876)
- "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut" (June 1876)
- "The Canvasser's Tale" (December 1876)
- "Some Rambling Notes of an Idle Excursion" (October 1877)
- "About Magnanimous-Incident Literature" (May 1878)
- "The Recent Great French Duel" (February 1879)
- "The Great Revolution in Pitcairn" (March 1879)
- "A Telephonic Conversation" (June 1880)
The new series celebrating some of The Atlantic's best-loved contributors marks the latest release from The Atlantic Books, an imprint that extends The Atlantic's tradition of important journalism and powerful storytelling to a new digital format accessible on tablet and mobile devices. Spearheaded by Atlantic senior editor Geoffrey Gagnon, the e-books include both original pieces between 10,000 and 30,000 words, and curated archival collections that span the magazine's 155-year history and feature some of the most prominent voices in American letters.
The Atlantic Books is part of The Atlantic's expanding paid-content initiatives, which also include the recently launched The Atlantic Weekly, a digital publication showcasing some of the best journalism presented each week on The Atlantic's Web sites.