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The Innocents Abroad (Penguin Classics)

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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."

Synopsis:

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.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142437087
Introduction:
Twain, Mark
Notes by:
Cardwell, Guy
Introduction by:
Quirk, Tom
Introduction:
Quirk, Tom
Author:
Quirk, Tom
Author:
Twain, Mark
Author:
Cardwell, Guy
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
History
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Europe
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Americans
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Europe Description and travel.
Subject:
Middle East Description and travel.
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
no. 210.
Publication Date:
20020731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w map on page xlv
Pages:
560
Dimensions:
7.78x5.04x1.03 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 560 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142437087 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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.
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. xli-xlii).
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