Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven (1909)

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Extract from Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven was published as a Christmas gift book in October 1909, six months before Twain's death. Combining science fiction with a satiric look at conventional views of the afterlife, Twain delivers an amusing and trenchant commentary on human vanity and pretensions. Much of the humor of the story rests on the sharp discrepancies between Stormfield's cocksure expectations of heaven and its reality. The Captain discovers, for instance, that the planet Earth, far from being the crown ...

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