Mark Twain’s ‘Advice to Little Girls’ (Brain Pickings)

“Advice to Little Girls” is a little known children’s book written by Mark Twain in 1865. The book gives charmingly mischievous advice, encouraging girls to think for themselves rather than mindlessly adhering to “social mores.” For example: “Good little girls ought not to make mouths at their teachers for every trifling offense. This retaliation should only be resorted to under peculiarly aggravated circumstances.” The witty recommendations show a clear parallel with the author’s humorous yet insightful tone in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and are paired with enchanting illustrations by Russian illustrator Vladimir Radunsky.

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