Mark Twain is an American writer, journalist and social activist. His work covers a variety of genres - humor, satire, philosophical fiction, journalism and others, and in all these genres, he has consistently taken the position of humanist and democrat. This book is a collection of some short stories. A hilarious and cutting critique of what not to do, this deliciously wicked essay lays out what writers should and must do if they want their fiction to live and breathe - as Twain's own fiction always does. In "How to Tell a Story," the title piece, Twain takes on such mysteries as the perfectly-timed pause and the uses of the dead-pan mask, and candidly describes his own efforts to hone his platform skills.