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Life on the Mississippi (Penguin Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

In 1882 Mark Twain returned to the river of his childhood, determined to write the definitive travel book on the Mississippi. Life on the Mississippi is no ordinary guided tour, for every page is expressive of the structure, style and high humour that is the very essence of Twain the writer. Spiced with Twain's pungent observations and commentaries on the culture and society of the great river valley, the book is a wonderful collection of lively anecdotes, tall tales and character sketches; historical facts and information; and reminiscences of the author's boyhood and experiences as a steamboat pilot. Life on the Mississippi, in its composition and substance, is intricately related to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In his introduction, James M. Cox suggests that in writing this travelogue Twain discovered the truths that form the heart of the odyssey depicted in his masterpiece, Huckleberry Finn.

Synopsis:

This is Mark Twain's description of life on the Mississippi River, with observations and anecdotes about the culture and society along the river valley. It includes character sketches, historical facts, information and reminiscences of Twain's boyhood and experiences as a steam-boat pilot.

Synopsis:

Part travel book, part autobiography, and part social commentary, Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of the cub pilot's apprenticeship, a record of Twain's return to the river and to Hannibal as an adult, a meditation on the harsh vagaries of nature, and a study of the varied and sometimes violent activities engaged in by those who live on the river's shores.

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental-and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390506
Editor:
Cox, James M.
Author:
Cox, James M.
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Twain, mark, 1835-1910
Subject:
Pilots and pilotage
Subject:
Mississippi river
Subject:
Mississippi river valley
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century.
Subject:
Pilots and pilotage -- Mississippi River.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
23
Publication Date:
19850231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
7.85x5.05x.82 in. .71 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 448 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140390506 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This is Mark Twain's description of life on the Mississippi River, with observations and anecdotes about the culture and society along the river valley. It includes character sketches, historical facts, information and reminiscences of Twain's boyhood and experiences as a steam-boat pilot.
"Synopsis" by , Part travel book, part autobiography, and part social commentary, Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of the cub pilot's apprenticeship, a record of Twain's return to the river and to Hannibal as an adult, a meditation on the harsh vagaries of nature, and a study of the varied and sometimes violent activities engaged in by those who live on the river's shores.

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