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The Innocents Abroad (Penguin Classics)by Mark Twain
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Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence for the past-the ancient statues of saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are "battered and broken-nosed old fellows" and tour guides "interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling." Equally irreverent about American manners (including his own) as he is about European attitudes, Twain ultimately concludes that, for better or worse, "human nature is very much the same all over the world."
Based on letters Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, this book is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-19th century.
Includes bibliographical references (p. xli-xlii).
About the Author
Mark Twain (1835-1910) was born Samuel Longhorn Clemens in Florida, Missouri, and died in Redding, Connecticut. A satirist, novelist, and keen observer of the American scene, he is one of America's greatest novelists.
Tom Quirk is currently the Catherine Paine Middlebush Professor of English at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The author of several books, he is the editor of Mark Twain's Tales, Speeches, Essays, and Sketches for Penguin Classics.
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