"The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" - Research Article from Literature and Its Times

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by Mark Twain

Mark Twain first earned his reputation as a fiction writer with the publication of "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," originally entitled "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog." Trained as a journalist, Twain lived in the West for most of the Civil War. In 1864 and 1865, he spent several months mining around Angel's Camp, California, where he supposedly heard a version of the story from a camp bartender. Like a true journalist, Twain noted the anecdote. He developed it into a fictional piece less than a year later, gaining nationwide recognition as a premier humorist and short-story writer from its publication.

Events in History at the Time of the short story

Mining camps and the "forty-niners." In 1848, two weeks before Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceding California to the United States...

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