Mark Twain’s “Corn-Pone Opinions”: An Editorial History and an. Edition of the Restored Text. I suppose that in more cases than we should like to admit, we have. In his text Corn-Pone Opinions, Mark Twain’s main purpose is to convince the reader that it is human nature to conform to what is popular in. “Corn-pone Opinions” was found in Mark Twain’s papers after his death. “You tell me whar a man gits his corn-pone, en I’ll tell you what his ‘pinions is.”.

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Corn Pone Opinions

We have not adopted this new fashion yet, but we shall do it presently. Jessica rated it it was amazing Nov 22, Our prose standard, three quarters of a century ago, was ornate and diffuse; some authority or other changed it in the direction of compactness and simplicity, and conformity followed, without argument.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Lillian Hurban rated it really liked it Dec 01, He must get his opinions from other people; he must reason out none for himself; he must have no first-hand views. Six months later everybody is reconciled; the fashion has established itself; it is admired, now, and no one laughs.

Mohammedans are Mohammedans because they are born and reared among that sect, not because they have thought it out and can furnish sound reasons for being Mohammedans; we know why Catholics are Catholics; why Presbyterians are Presbyterians; why Baptists are Baptists; why Mormons are Mormons; why thieves are thieves; why monarchists are monarchists; why Republicans are Republicans and Democrats, Democrats.

We may continue to vorn-pone them, but we drop the use of them. Everybody writes one, and the nation is glad. She had slipped in upon me while I was absorbed and not watching. I have deeply studied that question, too — and didn’t arrive. It was deeply impressed upon me. His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.


There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is an example of a Corn-poje page, you could edit this to put information about yourself or your site so readers know where you are coming from. Ilana Lupkin rated it it was amazing Sep 17, His travelogues were also well-received. Corn Pone Opinions by Mark Twain.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: You can create as many pages like this one or sub-pages as you like and manage all of your content inside of WordPress. Self-approval is acquired mainly from the approval of other people. While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” which proved to opiniohs very popular and brought him nationwide makr.

Krisandra Johnson added it Dec 17, Nobody reasons about it.

Mark Twain: Corn-pone Opinions

In some millions of instances. Our table manners, and company manners, and street manners change from time to time, but the changes are not reasoned out; we merely notice and conform. We have not adopted this new fashion yet, but we shall do it presently. Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, mmark was forced to declare bankruptcy.

Comment by donniem April 8, Reply. Bh new thing in costume appears — the flaring hoopskirt, for example — and the passers-by are shocked, and the irreverent laugh. We are conforming in the other way, now, because it is another case of everybody.

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Its name is Public Opinion.

Even a ridiculous clothing style, he says, will gradually become accepted and even popular in culture, and then will suddenly disappear. A nobody introduced the bloomer, and we know the result.

In some millions of instances. Nov 20, Dan rated it it was amazing. He also work Samuel Langhorne Clemensbetter known by his pen name Mark Twainwas an American author and humorist.

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This happens, but I think it is not the rule. Men think they think upon great political questions, and they do; but they think with their party, not independently; they read its literature, but not that of the other side; they arrive at convictions, but they are drawn from a partial view of the matter in hand and are of no particular value. Opinionz, religions, politics, get their following from surrounding influences and atmospheres, almost entirely; not from study, not from thinking.

The result is conformity. We get our notions and habits and opinions from outside influences; we do corb-pone have to study them out. He imitated the pulpit style of the several clergymen of the village, and did it well, and with fine passion and energy. He apprenticed with a printer. A nobody introduced the bloomer, and we know the result.

Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.