The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County


The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County
In this first and most well known sketch Mark interviews Simon Wheeler in search of information regarding one Leonidas W. Smiley. He found Mr. Wheeler in a "dilapidated tavern in the ancient mining camp of Angel's". What he got was a series of tales about the gambling exploits of one Jim Smiley, most notably the tale of the jumping frog.

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I have re-recorded this story and produced a new slideshow video. This tale was the first of Twain's stories that I read aloud and recorded. This was in March of 2011. Since then I've had a bit more practice and valuable feedback from listeners. I hope you all like this new version. Text and images are from the Gutenberg project versions, the images were first published in the Harper & Brothers' 1903 edition.