LitReading - Classic Short Stories

The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut by Mark Twain

Episode Summary

What would you do if your conscience no longer nagged you?

Episode Notes

We all know the pangs of a guilty conscience, but what if you could rid yourself of that scrupulous, and occasionally cruel inner voice? In 1876 Mark Twain considered just that possibility in "The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut."

This is not one of Twain’s best-known stories, but I consider sardonic morality tale one of his finest.

Curiously, the main character in the story is a transplanted southerner with a drawl living in Connecticut. The author just happened to be born in Missouri, spoke with a distinctive drawl and resided in Hartford, Connecticut from 1974-1891.

Mark Twain is the pen name of Samuel Clemens and one of the finest American authors of all time… His classic short stories are as popular today as they were over a century ago.