Roughing It

Twain, Mark (Book - 1996)
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Roughing It
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Marking a crucial phase in the author's life and career, Roughing It recounts Twain's experiences in the Territory of Nevada, recalling the boisterous days on the frontier.
Authors: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Title: Roughing it
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
Characteristics: xliv, 591, 41 p. ; 23 cm
Notes: Facsimile reproduction of the first American edition, published: Hartford, Conn. : American Publishing Co., 1872
ISBN: 0195114019
Branch Call Number: 817 Tw
Statement of Responsibility: Mark Twain ; foreword, Shelley Fisher Fishkin ; introduction, George Plimpton ; afterword, Henry B. Wonham
Subject Headings: West (U.S.) Description and travel Authors, American 19th century Journeys West (U.S.) Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Travel
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 96012323
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Jul 21, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"All jaw, vanity, bombast, and ignorance."
While justly famous for "Huck Finn" and "Tom Sawyer," the prolific Mark Twain also wrote a good deal of non-fiction, much of it related to work and travel. in "The Innocents Abroad," he traveled with a tour to the Holy Land and gave his sardonic observations, while in "Life on the Mississippi," he related his experiences of working on a riverboat. "Roughing It" follows him on his adventures in the West, working as a reporter, mining for gold, and drifting around the country (including Hawaii). Twain's voice-flinty, ironic, droll, slightly disgusted-is one of the greatest in American literature and is on fine display here. Like a lot of iconic American writers, he can find a lot to love and a lot to despise about the land and its people.


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