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Book Note: Mark Twain, Extract From Captain Stormfield's Visit To Heaven

I read this book about 17-Jul-2002. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 1909. This note was last modified Thursday, 19-Dec-2002 16:37:29 PST.

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This was Mark Twain's last published work during his lifetime. These two chapters, extracted from the longer work, were published in December 1907 and January 1908 in Harper's Monthly. There are apparently 4 other chapters, which have since appeared elsewhere. I read the Project Gutenberg etext.

It's always fascinating to read Mark Twain on religion. I imagine this was a fairly radical work -- it denied a lot of the things people were taught about heaven, on the basis of common sense alone, and it took the strongly heretical position that the Earth isn't particularly special, and that there are other inhabited planets (all planets, apparently). And yet it's set squarely within a christian worldview, which still rather jars me.

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