Fenimore Cooper's Literary Offenses
I just posted this in the Star Wars thread, but this REALLY deserves its own thread. Mark Twain at his best is almost too painfully funny to read - it helps if you have a passing familiarity with The Leatherstocking Tales, but it's by no means crucial.
This is great, and so very Twain.10. They require that the author shall make the reader feel a deep interest in the personages of his tale and in their fate; and that he shall make the reader love the good people in the tale and hate the bad ones. But the reader of the "Deerslayer" tale dislikes the good people in it, is indifferent to the others, and wishes they would all get drowned together.