Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health & Happiness

Mark Dawidziak
Mark Twain’s Guide

Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Prospect Park Books (June 9, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1938849450
ISBN-13: 978-1938849459


This illustrated collection of Mark Twain quotes presents the best of the curmudgeonly writer’s thoughts on diet, exercise, medicine, smoking, drinking, romance, parenting, old age, fashion, finances, politics, and religion.Curated by Twain expert Mark Dawidziak, it’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s had enough of Gwyneth’s self-righteous advice. And even though it’s packed with wicked humor and anti-advice, it’s actually rich with wisdom as well.

  • Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.
  • As for drinking, I have no rule about that. When the others drink I like to help.
  • I have seen slower, quieter, more listless, lazier people than I am, but they were dead.
  • Familiarity breeds contempt — and children.
  • Do not put off until tomorrow what can be put off till day-after-tomorrow just as well.

Read the Author Q&A

Nobody gets Mark Twain the way Mark Dawidziak does. Here is the master in all of his certainty, humor, and undertow. This book wonderfully underscores how contemporary Mark Twain is and always will be.

Ken Burns Award-winning documentary filmmaker May 13, 2015

Mark has got mighty dedicated to the restoration of Twain into our thinking and has pursued a trail of scholarship which led him to deeply research the man we so admire. We became friends early on when he covered theatre and television for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, and have a mutual reverence and love for Mark Twain’s teeming, explosive mind. This is a collection of these explosions. I think you will enjoy them. I have enjoyed them for 60 years.

Hal Holbrook Actor May 13, 2015

Mark Dawidziak is as comfy and entertaining a tour guide through the world of Mark Twain as Twain himself was a tour guide through the world. In other words, Mark Twain’s Guide is such a fun read that the only thing dry about it is the ink.

David Bianculli Television critic and guest host for NPR’s Fresh Air May 14, 2015

With this wink to his readers, Dawidziak sets up a humorous collection of Mark Twain’s advice, quotes, and maxims on various topics that provide the basis for twenty short chapters…This current book, with its eye-catching cover featuring an embossed cameo of Mark Twain by Albert Levering from 1905, will likely be another popular volume for both the collector and gift-giver.

— Twain Forum- Briefly Noted May 14, 2015


Author: Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of about 25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, The Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer. He spent 43 years as a television, film and theater critic at such newspapers as the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His work on the horror side of the street also includes the novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, short stories, and comic book scripts. He lives in Ohio.