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The Man that Corrupted Hadleyburg
narrated by Robin Field
by Mark Twain
ESL English Listening :: Adult Literacy

Mark Twain at his best — The story of a mysterious stranger who orchestrates a fraud embarrassing the hypocritical citizens of "incorruptible" Hadleyburg.

This novella is an exceptionally crafted work intertwining a devious and suspenseful plot with some of the wittiest dialogue Twain ever wrote. And like the most masterful literature, it subverts any notion of easy conclusion: is Hadleyburg ruined, or liberated? Is the mysterious stranger Satan, or a hero? Is this a book of revenge, or redemption?

The Man That Corrupted Handleyburg was written on hotel stationary while Twain in Europe, on the run from American creditors, and shortly after the death of a daughter.

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