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ISBN13: 9780486427041
ISBN10: 0486427048
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These memoirs recount the writer and humorist's scuffling years, during which he beat a path across the American West and all the way to Hawaii. His spirited narrative relates a series of triumphs and misadventures and profiles a many-faceted succession of personalities and locales: the stage drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains; Mormon society; the mines and miners of Nevada; the climate and characteristics of San Francisco; and the amusing and unexpected traits of Sandwich Island civilization. Twain finds drollery in every corner of his travels, but the sincerity and humanity of his reminiscences provide a realistic vision of now-vanished worlds.

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This autobiographical work covers Mark Twain's scuffling years, during which he beat a path from his home in Missouri across the American West and all the way to the South Atlantic Ocean. Twain traveled by overland stage to Nevada, where he took to silver mining and gained and lost a claim worth millions; worked as a reporter for a Virginia City newspaper; fell upon hard times in San Francisco; ventured off to the Sandwich Islands as newspaper correspondent; and ultimately returned in triumph to California on a lecture tour. His spirited narrative, amply laced with genial humor, presents a kaleidoscopic succession of personalities and locales: the stage-drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains; Mormon society; the mines and miners of Nevada; the climate and characteristics of San Francisco; and the amusing and startling traits of Sandwich Island civilization.

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These memoirs recount the writer and humorist's scuffling years with spirited travels across the American West and all the way to Hawaii. From the stage drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains and the mines and miners of Nevada to the climate and characteristics of San Francisco and the amusing and unexpected traits of Sandwich Island civilization.

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The humorist reflects on his scuffling years — silver mining in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, down and out in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

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These memoirs recount the writer and humorist's scuffling years with spirited travels across the American West and all the way to Hawaii. From the stage drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains and the mines and miners of Nevada to the climate and characteristics of San Francisco and the amusing and unexpected traits of Sandwich Island civilization.

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Lynn Friedman, October 13, 2012 (view all comments by Lynn Friedman)
Roughing It is required reading for any San Franciscan. Twains' visual writing style and wit shines through in his description of Main Street (in this case Market Street) that for better or worse rings true as much in the 1800s as it does today. One of the top road trip stories ever.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486427041
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Hawaii
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Travelers
Subject:
West
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
American - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Value Editions
Series Volume:
2
Publication Date:
20030631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.19 in 0.5 lb

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Product details 336 pages Dover Publications - English 9780486427041 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , This autobiographical work covers Mark Twain's scuffling years, during which he beat a path from his home in Missouri across the American West and all the way to the South Atlantic Ocean. Twain traveled by overland stage to Nevada, where he took to silver mining and gained and lost a claim worth millions; worked as a reporter for a Virginia City newspaper; fell upon hard times in San Francisco; ventured off to the Sandwich Islands as newspaper correspondent; and ultimately returned in triumph to California on a lecture tour. His spirited narrative, amply laced with genial humor, presents a kaleidoscopic succession of personalities and locales: the stage-drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains; Mormon society; the mines and miners of Nevada; the climate and characteristics of San Francisco; and the amusing and startling traits of Sandwich Island civilization.
"Synopsis" by , These memoirs recount the writer and humorist's scuffling years with spirited travels across the American West and all the way to Hawaii. From the stage drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains and the mines and miners of Nevada to the climate and characteristics of San Francisco and the amusing and unexpected traits of Sandwich Island civilization.
"Synopsis" by ,
The humorist reflects on his scuffling years — silver mining in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, down and out in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

"Synopsis" by ,
These memoirs recount the writer and humorist's scuffling years with spirited travels across the American West and all the way to Hawaii. From the stage drivers and desperadoes of the Great Plains and the mines and miners of Nevada to the climate and characteristics of San Francisco and the amusing and unexpected traits of Sandwich Island civilization.
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