To even hint that a greater percentage than less of Twain’s writing is “southern dialect” from the 1800’s… is to say the least—-short sighted. Twain was a brilliant writer who understood adverbs that “ly” around lazily (ahem), should be shot on sight, and adjectives are stronger the farther apart they are spaced. Twain’s bi-polarity was a gift. Being bi-polar is like sitting on a tanker of rocket fuel with a lit match —- You can burn yourself and those closest to you, or you can use it to soar high above the mundane.
“I haven’t any right to criticise books, and I don’t do it except when I hate them. I often want to criticise Jane Austen, but her books madden me so that I can’t conceal my frenzy from the reader; and therefore I have to stop every time I begin. Everytime I read ‘Pride and Prejudice’ I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.”
-Mark Twain in a Letter to Joseph Twichell, 9/13/1898
“It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.”