The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It

The Innocents Abroad Roughing It This Library of America volume contains the novels that when published transformed an obscure Western journalist into a national celebrity The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It sometimes called The I

  • Title: The Innocents Abroad/Roughing It
  • Author: Mark Twain Guy Cardwell
  • ISBN: 9780940450257
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This Library of America volume contains the novels that, when published, transformed an obscure Western journalist into a national celebrity The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It sometimes called The Innocents at Home were immensely successful when first published and they remain today the most popular travel books ever written.The Innocents Abroad 1869 , based largelyThis Library of America volume contains the novels that, when published, transformed an obscure Western journalist into a national celebrity The Innocents Abroad and Roughing It sometimes called The Innocents at Home were immensely successful when first published and they remain today the most popular travel books ever written.The Innocents Abroad 1869 , based largely on letters written for New York and San Francisco papers, narrates the progress of the first American organized tour of Europe to Naples, Smyrna, Constantinople, and Palestine In his account Mark Twain assumes two alternate roles at times the no nonsense American who refuses to automatically venerate the famous sights of the Old World preferring Lake Tahoe to Lake Como , or at times the put upon simpleton, a gullible victim of flatterers and frauds, and an awestruck admirer of Russian royalty.The result is a hilarious blend of vaudevillian comedy, actual travel guide, and stinging satire, directed at both the complacency of his fellow American travelers and their reverence for European relics Out of the book emerges the first full dress portrait of Mark Twain himself, the breezy, shrewd, and comical manipulator of English idioms and America s mythologies about itself and its relation to the past.Roughing It 1872 is the lighthearted account of Mark Twain s actual and imagined adventures when he escaped the Civil War and joined his brother, the recently appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory His accounts of stagecoach travel, Native Americans, frontier society, the Mormons, the Chinese, and the codes, dress, food, and customs of the West are interspersed with his own experiences as a prospector, miner, journalist, boon companion, and lecturer as he traveled through Nevada, Utah, California, and even to the Hawaiian Islands.Mark Twain s passage from tenderfoot to old timer is accomplished through a long series of increasingly comical episodes The plot is relaxed enough to accommodate some immensely funny and random character sketches, animal fables, tall tales, and dramatic monologues The result is an enduring picture of the old Western frontier in all its original vigor and variety.In these two works, never before brought together so compactly, Mark Twain achieves his mastery of the vernacular style.

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      Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist He is noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1885 , called the Great American Novel , and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 1876.Twain grew up in Hannibal, Missouri, which would later provide the setting for Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer He apprenticed with a printer He also worked as a typesetter and contributed articles to his older brother Orion s newspaper After toiling as a printer in various cities, he became a master riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River, before heading west to join Orion He was a failure at gold mining, so he next turned to journalism While a reporter, he wrote a humorous story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which proved to be very popular and brought him nationwide attention His travelogues were also well received Twain had found his calling.He achieved great success as a writer and public speaker His wit and satire earned praise from critics and peers, and he was a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists, and European royalty.However, he lacked financial acumen Though he made a great deal of money from his writings and lectures, he squandered it on various ventures, in particular the Paige Compositor, and was forced to declare bankruptcy With the help of Henry Huttleston Rogers, however, he eventually overcame his financial troubles Twain worked hard to ensure that all of his creditors were paid in full, even though his bankruptcy had relieved him of the legal responsibility.Born during a visit by Halley s Comet, he died on its return He was lauded as the greatest American humorist of his age , and William Faulkner called Twain the father of American literature.Excerpted from.

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    1. Author: Samuel "Mark Twain" ClemensTitle: The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrims' ProgressPublication Date: 1869I own this edition but I read The Innocents Abroad as it appears in The Oxford Mark Twain collection. Why? Because it has pictures. More on that later. This edition, published by The Library of America (L.O.A.), is a quality copy, just like the rest of the series. The L.O.A. publishes handsome cloth-bound hardcovers with acid-free paper, sewn-in place-markers, etc etc they're quite [...]


    2. If Huckleberry Finn is the father of Modern Literature (thanks Mr. Hemingway), then The Innocents Abroad/Roughing Itmust be the father of all modern humor (and certainly humorous travelogues). If Mark Twain were alive today, he'd certainly be writing for The New Yorker or 30 Rock or at the very least be a panelist on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me (although I'd like to think he'd have his show, a la Garrison Keillor). Innocents isn't my favorite Twain - I'm more partial to his fiction - but it's still [...]



    3. [This review is just forThe Innocents Abroad, not for Roughing It which was also in the volume.]Unlike Twain's other works that I have read, this seemed very dated. It began very dry, for the first two hundred or so pages; perhaps because I know many Moslems and Jews (to say nothing of Europeans) they do not seem "exotic" to me, which the interest of this section was based on. After the pilgrims reach Rome, and even more in the "Holy Land", the book becomes more humorous, mainly at the expense o [...]


    4. Roughing It is entertaining but for me it was a little much with all the mining and everyone killing each other. I know he was exaggerating and just trying to make life more interesting but it did start to bore me. I did enjoy reading about the West and Hawaii before most places became states. I think that is why I like reading books from the 19th century, some settings are familiar yet, not so familar.Innocents Abroad was my favorite. I loved reading about the trip and his take on everyone he m [...]


    5. According to the notes, Innocents Abroad was Twain's bestseller during his lifetime. I could perceive the wit and sarcasm, but somehow I could not appreciate it. It is verbose and slowed my reading rate significantly. I felt like I was reading a foreign language. I abandoned it for the second book in the volume: Roughing It. As it turned out, I fared no better with this account of the American West. The descriptions of the people were lively and vibrant, but I found the racism and sexism impossi [...]


    6. I keep slogging through this book. I thought I liked Mark Twain. Maybe I only like liking Mark Twain. I finish it someday, but the library'll want it back before I get there this time. If nothing else, I know I like this quote of his- "I have found out that there ain't no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them."


    7. I have to say that I enjoyed Twain's "sketches" of people and his political commentary in his autobiography much more than I enjoyed Innocents Abroad. I didn't read Roughing It -- should I?


    8. Don't know whether to put this book in fiction or not. Some of it seems like fiction. Definitely satire. The text seemed to drag on in places. (My kobo crapped out and I gave it up for a long time before I finally returned to finish this pair of books)


    9. Roughing It is the better written of the two, but both are riotous accounts of travel. The Innocents Abroad should be required reading before anyone travels to Europe.


    10. The Old World seen through the New World's eyes (I previously read Roughing It separately), i.e stripped of sentimentality and superstition.



    11. This book is amazing. I can't believe it took me 60 years to discover Twain's non fiction. If you like travel or history, read this.










    12. An outstanding read! The wit of Mark Twain meshes with his picturesque prose in this historical novel, America's 1st expedition across the pond. A reader will be captured by this entertaining, educational and prolific volume of overseas travel and America's far west. Find out who Ferguson is, was and the valuable detail of the Pony Express, just a few that will enlighten any reader along the way. There is so much more to tell, so be a good American and read one of our best writers explicit detai [...]


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