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Roughing It (Penguin American Library)

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ISBN13: 9780140390100
ISBN10: 0140390103
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A fascinating picture of the American frontier emerges from Twain's fictionalized recollections of his experiences prospecting for gold, speculating in timber, and writing for a succession of small Western newspapers during the 1860s.

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Mark Twain's travels took him all over the American West in the 1860's. He prospected for gold and silver, was a travelling correspondent and speculated on mining stocks. This is a fictionalized account of his experiences of the frontier in its early days and the characters he encountered.

Synopsis:

In his youth Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West, working in a variety of professions. This is a record, fact and impression, of those early years.

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."

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lukas, July 21, 2014 (view all comments by lukas)
"All jaw, vanity, bombast, and ignorance."
While justly famous for "Huck Finn" and "Tom Sawyer," the prolific Mark Twain also wrote a good deal of non-fiction, much of it related to work and travel. in "The Innocents Abroad," he traveled with a tour to the Holy Land and gave his sardonic observations, while in "Life on the Mississippi," he related his experiences of working on a riverboat. "Roughing It" follows him on his adventures in the West, working as a reporter, mining for gold, and drifting around the country (including Hawaii). Twain's voice-flinty, ironic, droll, slightly disgusted-is one of the greatest in American literature and is on fine display here. Like a lot of iconic American writers, he can find a lot to love and a lot to despise about the land and its people.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140390100
Editor:
Hill, Hamlin
Author:
Hill, Hamlin
Author:
Twain, Mark
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York, N.Y. :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
West (u.s.)
Subject:
Authors, American
Subject:
Twain, mark, 1835-1910
Subject:
West
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel
Subject:
Authors, American -- 19th century.
Subject:
West (U.S.) Description and travel.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin American Library
Series Volume:
CN/13
Publication Date:
19811231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
592
Dimensions:
7.78 x 5.13 x 1.3 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 592 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140390100 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Mark Twain's travels took him all over the American West in the 1860's. He prospected for gold and silver, was a travelling correspondent and speculated on mining stocks. This is a fictionalized account of his experiences of the frontier in its early days and the characters he encountered.
"Synopsis" by , In his youth Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West, working in a variety of professions. This is a record, fact and impression, of those early years.

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