An outspoken advocate for animals, Mark Twain publicly came out against such abuses as bullfighting and vivisection, and animals were a part of his writing from the first story that earned him renown ("The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County") to the published and unpublished pieces he wrote up until his death in 1910. In addition to his short story, "A Dog's Tale," read back in July 2009, I've taken great delight in Twain's essays, letters, and other short stories also dedicated to animals and his conclusion that they are superior to humans - evidenced in today's essay: The essay I’m going to read, “Man’s Place in the Animal World” is similar in content to “Letters from a Dog to Another Dog Explaining and Accounting for Man, though it is decidedly lighter in tone, as evident by the full title: “Letters from a Dog to Another Dog Explaining and Accounting for Man by Author, Newfoundland Smith. Translated from the Original Doggerel by M.T.”