Mark Twain's "The Celebrated
Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" was first published in the
November 18,1865, edition of The New York Saturday Press, under
the title ' 'Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog." The story is
set in a gold-mining camp in Calaveras County, California, and has
its origins in the folklore of the Gold Rush era. It was one of
Twain's earliest writings, and helped establish his reputation as
a humorist. He eventually included it as the title story in his
first collection of tales.
Mark Twain has been one of the most
widely loved and celebrated American writers since his books were
released in the late 1860’s.