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Life on the Mississippi (Modern Library Classics)

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Fashioned from the same experiences that would inspire the masterpiece Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twains most brilliant and most personal nonfiction work. It is at once an affectionate evocation of the vital river life in the steamboat era and a melancholy reminiscence of its passing after the Civil War, a priceless collection of humorous anecdotes and folktales, and a unique glimpse into Twains life before he began to write.

Written in a prose style that has been hailed as among the greatest in English literature, Life on the Mississippi established Twain as not only the most popular humorist of his time but also Americas most profound chronicler of the human comedy.

Synopsis:

In this classic memoir — the inspiration behind Huckleberry Finn — Twain draws on his experience as a young pilot to recount the story of an extra-ordinary river, the South, and its people. Set from the first American edition (1883), this volume includes newly commissioned notes and a reading group guide.

About the Author

Mark Twain, born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835, led one of the most exciting of literary lives. Raised in the river town of Hannibal, Missouri, Twain had to leave school at age 12 and was successively a journeyman printer, a steamboat pilot, a halfhearted Confederate soldier, and a prospector, miner, and reporter in the western territories. His experiences furnished him with a wide knowledge of humanity, as well as with the perfect grasp of local customs and speech which manifests itself in his writing. With the publication in 1865 of The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Twain gained national attention as a frontier humorist, and the bestselling Innocents Abroad solidified his fame. But it wasn't until Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), that he was recognized by the literary establishment as one of the greatest writers America would ever produce.

Toward the end of his life, plagued by personal tragedy and financial failure, Twain grew more and more pessimistic—an outlook not alleviated by his natural skepticism and sarcasm. Though his fame continued to widen—Yale & Oxford awarded him honorary degrees—Twain spent his last years in gloom and exasperation, writing fables about "the damned human race."

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375759376
Introduction:
Brokaw, Tom
Author:
Brokaw, Tom
Notes by:
Danly, James
Introduction by:
McKibben, Bill
Introduction:
McKibben, Bill
Author:
Twain, Mark
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Publisher:
Modern Library
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Regional Subjects - South
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Mississippi river
Subject:
Mississippi river valley
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century.
Subject:
Pilots and pilotage -- Mississippi River.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Modern Library Classics
Series Volume:
21
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 ILLUSTRATIONS
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.00x5.24x.93 in. .68 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , In this classic memoir — the inspiration behind Huckleberry Finn — Twain draws on his experience as a young pilot to recount the story of an extra-ordinary river, the South, and its people. Set from the first American edition (1883), this volume includes newly commissioned notes and a reading group guide.
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