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The Gilded Age

Mark Twain

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today is an 1873 novel by Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner that satirizes greed and political corruption in post-Civil War America. The term gilded age, commonly given to the era, comes from the title of this book. Twain and Warner got the name from Shakespeare's King John (1595): "To gild refined gold, to paint the lily... is wasteful and ridiculous excess." Gilding a lily, which is already beautiful and not in need of further adornment, is excessive and wasteful, characteristics of the age Twain and Warner wrote about in their novel. Another interpretation of the title, of course, is the contrast between an ideal "Golden Age," and a less worthy "Gilded Age," as gilding is only a thin layer of gold over baser metal, so the title now takes on a pejorative meaning as to the novel's time, events and people. Although not one of Twain's more well-known works, it has appeared in more than 100 editions since its original publication in 1873. Twain and Warner originally had planned to issue the novel with illustrations by Thomas Nast. The book is remarkable for two reasons–-it is the only novel Twain wrote with a collaborator, and its title very quickly became synonymous with graft, materialism, and corruption in public life. (Description by Wikipedia)

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

17h 9m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:05


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:55


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:52


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:31


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

20:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

24:32


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:53


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

13:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

18:52


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:28


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

16:51


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

19:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

14:12


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

18:44


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

16:16


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

18:00


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

17:12


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

14:56


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

15:24


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

19:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:16


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

16:26


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

09:44


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:14


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:31


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:10


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

16:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:57


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:54


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

12:46


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

38:43


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

11:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:34


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:08


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:56


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

17:40


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

12:49


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

14:22


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

17:48


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

33:47


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

16:07


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

25:13


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

21:05


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:23


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

15:17


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

16:15


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

16:59


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

12:58


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

11:52


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

20:01


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

18:10


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

17:18


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

13:44


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

17:16


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

26:10


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

16:23


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

13:14


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

11:17


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

14:44