Mark Twain’s Publishing Career

Mark Twain’s books were published at a time when international copyright did not exist. Many were released first in England to obtain the British copyright, then in the United States. Listed here are dates for release in the United States of his major works. For further information on first editions, refer to Merle Johnson’s work A Bibliography of Mark Twain or the Bibliography of American Literature.

    1867

    The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches

    1869

    The Innocents Abroad or The New Pilgrim’s Progress

    1871

    Mark Twain’s (Burlesque) Autobiography and First Romance

    1872

    Roughing It

    1873

    The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today – co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner

    1875

    Mark Twain’s Sketches, New and Old

    1876

    The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

    1876

    Ah Sin, a play written with Bret Harte

    1877

    A True Story, and the Recent Carnival of Crime.

    1878

    Punch, Brothers, Punch!

    1880

    A Tramp Abroad

    1880

    1601, or Conversation as It Was by the Social Fireside in the Time of the Tudors

    1882

    The Stolen White Elephant Etc.

    1882

    The Prince and the Pauper: A Tale for Young People of All Ages

    1883

    Life on the Mississippi

    1885

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (The word “the” is not part of the title.)

    1889

    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

    1892

    Merry Tales

    1892

    The American Claimant

    1893

    The £1,000,000 Bank-Note and Other New Stories

    1894

    Tom Sawyer Abroad

    1894

    The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson and the Comedy Those Extraordinary Twins

    1896

    Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

    1896

    Tom Sawyer Detective

    1897

    How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

    1897

    Following the Equator

    1900

    The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg

    1900

    English as She Is Taught

    1901

    To the Person Sitting in Darkness

    1902

    A Double Barrelled Detective Story

    1903

    My Debut as a Literary Person with Other Essays and Stories

    1903

    A Dog’s Tale

    1904

    Extracts from Adam’s Diary Translated from the Original MS.

    1905

    King Leopold’s Soliloquy

    1906

    What is Man?

    1906

    Eve’s Diary

    1906

    The $30,000 Bequest

    1907

    Christian Science with Notes Containing Corrections to Date

    1907

    A Horse’s Tale

    1909

    Is Shakespeare Dead?

    1909

    Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven

    1909

    Queen Victoria’s Jubilee

Released after his death:
    1910

    Mark Twain’s Speeches

    1916

    The Mysterious Stranger: A Romance

    1917

    What Is Man? And Other Essays

    1923

    Europe and Elsewhere

    1924

    Mark Twain’s Autobiography (edited by Albert Bigelow Paine)

    1962

    Letters from the Earth

    2010, 2013, 2015

    Mark Twain’s Autobiography