LitReading - Classic Short Stories

The Good and the Bad Little Boy by Mark Twain

Episode Summary

In the 19th Century particularly, good boys are supposed to enjoy the fruits of the righteousness, and bad boys were destined for eternal damnation, at least according to Sunday School books, but according to Mark Twain, life often contradicted expectation.

Episode Notes

In the 19th Century particularly, good boys are supposed to enjoy the fruits of the righteousness, and bad boys were destined for eternal damnation, at least according to Sunday School books, but according to Mark Twain, life often contradicted expectation.

In this episode of Litreading, I bring you two separate stories with similar names The Story of a Bad Little Boy right after The Story of a Good Little Boy by Mark Twain

These contrary morality takes were written while Samuel Clemens (Twain's real name) lives in San Francisco in 1965

While the stories are pure fiction, Twain did say about the finale of The Good Little Boy story "This glycerin catastrophe is borrowed from a floating newspaper item, whose author's name I would give if I knew it."