Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven () by Mark Twain · Chapter I→. Sister Projects. sister projects: Wikidata item. Published in. Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven has ratings and 62 reviews. Liz said: What an interesting and entertaining short story! I haven’t r. Extracts From Captain Stormfield’s Visit To Heaven is the first-person account of a sea captain’s trip to heaven after his death. The story opens with Stormfield.

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Legacy of a Prophet Muhammad: Twain turns his ruthless practicality and even more ruthless humor on the concept of heaven. The Bible According to Mark Twainp. Short successful sacrilegious satire. According to one of the characters, a cobbler who “has the soul of a poet in him won’t have to make shoes here”, implying that he would instead turn to poetry and achieve perfection in it.

Twain uses his character, Capt.

Extract from Captain Stormfield’s Visit to Heaven

I wonder if they were really people like Billings used to live here. Quotes from Extract from Capt In this book, Captain Stormfield discovers the true meaning of eternal peace.

And since tl are present, how’d it be possible for someone to be knocked off their feed? Two years after publication of this “extract,” originally planned as a six-chapter book, Twain himself shipped off to follow in Captain Stormfield’s wake. Billings and his inability to get published on Earth while in heaven Shakespeare and Homer wait on him like servants.

Tales of Wonder – Notesp. Clemens father Orion Clemens brother. Twain is always so flippant with the Holy Ghost, and it’s great to see it shining through, and unexpectedly in a Science-Fiction-y sort of way.

The profound success of “The Gates Ajar” storkfield discovered in Elizabeth Capfain Phelps’ gift of prose yet poetic descriptions of her life journey, blossoming into a mature, capatin spiritual woman of God, maturity harvested through her sufferings her support of Abolition and the consequential loss of her beloved brother.

As Vonnegut used to say, he’s up in heaven now. Forse avrei dovuto leggerlo 60 anni fa I consider myself Christian, but I don’t understand peoples ideas of heaven. I remember reading Vonnegut somewhere he mentioned a tailor from Tennessee named Billings who became a superior prophet to Shakespeare and Homer in the heaven after stormfueld died of hunger. Letters from the Earth. I’m 37 and the first thought was my God what have I been missing!


What an interesting and entertaining short story! They came, but only later, in high school. Mark Twain was fond of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps and her parents and mentored her.

Everything is relative, even heaven. Lucky for me, the volume I read is a first edition, with lovely illustrations and a tissue-paper frontispiece, given to me by my neighbor after her husband, a literature professor in Taiwan, died. What she had on offer were his later, darker works. I found this to be close to my favourite of Twain’s short works and a brilliant first read if one has the inclination to turn their ear to his more miniscule works.

Her gift for writing was apparent early in her life when she began authoring “The Gates Ajar” at age seventeen, completing and publishing by age nineteen years old. Lists with This Book.

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Even going to the British part doesn’t help much, he is told, since only the last couple centuries of English is intelligible to modern ears, and then you’ve got all these Anglo-Saxon barbarians and other tribal folk who predate English entirely.

Sep 25, David rated it really caotain it Recommended to David by: The story follows Captain Elias Stormfield on his extremely long cosmic journey to heaven; his accidental misplacement; his short-lived interest in singing and playing the harp generated by his preconceptions of heaven ; and the obsession of souls with the “celebrities” of heaven, like Adam and Moseswho according to Twain become as distant to most people in heaven as living celebrities are on Earth.

In Twain’s heaven carrying a palm leaf gets tiresome, so people tend to hand theirs off to the newly arrived, singing in the heavenly chorus lasts maybe wtormfield couple of hours before it loses its charm, and other surprises await poor Stormfield.

However, he lacked financial acumen. Twain uses this story to show his view that the common conception of heaven is ludicrous and points out the incongruities of such beliefs. Buy this title from Powell’s Books.


The book is a riot. A Prophet for Our Time Muhammad: This was referenced in This Rep Second half hraven funnier than the first, but the whole thing is worth a read. Mark Twain takes our ideas about heaven and turns them upside down And as for the heavenly choir, and the caotain As Stormfield proceeds through heaven, he learns that the conventional haven of angels as winged, white-robed figures bearing haloesharpsand palm leaves is a mere heavsn generated for the benefit of humans, who mistake “figurative language” for accurate description; that all of heaven’s denizens choose their ages, thus aligning themselves with the time of life at which they were most content; that anything desired is awarded to its seeker, if it does not violate any prohibition; that the prohibitions themselves are different from those envisioned on Earth; that each of the Earthlike regions of heaven includes every human being who has ever lived in it; that families are not always together forever, because of decisions made by those who have died first; that white-skinned people are a minority in Heaven; that kings are not kings in heaven Charles II is a comedian while Henry VI has a religious book-stand etc.

I think his point is that we concentrate on our heavenly reward based on our vision of heaven – right or wrong. It first appeared in print in Harper’s Magazine in December and Januaryand was published in book form with some revisions in This is one of the many books that got Mark Twain branded a heretic.

His travelogues were also well-received. So one puny Capatin reaches the afterlife only to learn that nobody considers our planet of much account, and that even within the human ghetto of Heaven the once-mighty and the white are rather less esteemed than he’d anticipated. This is a very funny book but with a bite. He apprenticed with a printer.