The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County

By Mark Twain

Publication Info

This short story was originally published in the Saturday Press, where it appeared in the November 18, 1865 edition as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog”. Twain’s colorful story was immensely popular, and was soon printed in many different magazines and newspapers. Twain developed the idea further, and Bret Harte published this version in The Californian on December 16; this time entitled “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, and the man named Smiley was changed to Greeley.

Further popularity of the tale led Twain to use the story to anchor his own first book which appeared in 1867, with a first issue run of only 1,000 copies. In the book version, Twain changed Greeley back to Smiley. Later, after 1872, a version appeared which changed the title word “celebrated” to “notorious”.

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