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A Tramp Abroad By Mark Twain
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Published in 1880 by The American Publishing Company, A Tramp Abroad was the third of Twain's travelogues. Partly fact, partly fiction, it details a journey made mostly on foot through central and... More > southern Europe, taking in Germany, France, Switzerland and Italy. While Twain did in fact make the journey as described, much of the detail in the book and in particular the commentary made by Twain central character, is for the most part fiction, used to present a satirical view of the American tourist abroad. Interspersed amongst the text are a number of short stories and European legends. Some of the latter are made up, with Twain's commentator asserting their truthfulness purely on the basis of his standing. At the end of the book are six appendices, essentially humorous essays on a range of subjects including the Awful German Language and Heidelberg Castle.< Less
Following The Equator By Mark Twain
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Published in 1897 by The American Publishing Company, Following the Equator was Twain's sixth travelogue. Subtitled A Journey Around the World, the trip was organised as a lecture tour by Twain in an... More > effort to pay back creditors following his declaration of bankruptcy. Whilst the book as conceived was a work of non-fiction, Twain included a selection of short fiction pieces typically poking fun at real historical characters.< Less
Innocents Abroad By Mark Twain
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Published in 1869 by the American Publishing Company, The Innocents Abroad was the first of Twain's Travelogues and recounts an organised excursion to the Mediterranean, taking in many coastal ports... More > and climaxing with a tour of the Holy Land. Twain's biggest selling book during his lifetime, this was perhaps his most critical and in some sections spiteful, attacking the attitudes of both tourists and locals alike and making pointed contrasts between the realities and how they are portrayed in existing travel books.< Less
Roughing It By Mark Twain
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Published in 1872 by the American Publishing Company, Roughing It was Twain's second travelogue book, following The Innocents Abroad for which it was written as a prequel. The book deals with Twain's... More > life during and just after the Civil War, including his brief stint in a Confederate Volunteer force, efforts in mining and his first attempts at writing. As with his other travelogues, the book includes a number of short stories that may or may not be factual.< Less
Life on the Mississippi By Mark Twain
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Published in 1883 simultaneously in the United States and the United Kingdom by James R. Osgood and by Chatto and Windus respectively, Life on the Mississippi was Twain's fifth travelogue book, a... More > count that includes the prior publication Old Times on the Mississippi, which was included as a distinct segment in this work. The book is in two essential parts, a recollection of Twain's time on the river as a steamboat pilot before the Civil War and a familiar travelogue of a trip from St Louis to New Orleans many years later. The second segment includes a number of 'stories' some or all of which may be fictionalised.< Less
A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur By Mark Twain
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Published in 1889 by Charles L Webster, A Connecticut Yankee in the Court of King Arthur was Twain's fifth novel and perhaps the strangest. The plot is confusingly introduced but details the actions... More > of a man called Hank who is sent back in time to early sixth century Britain where he becomes involved in King Arthur's affairs. By dint of his nineteenth century knowledge, the man is able quickly become a powerful influence on Arthur and his court. Twain's novel is often credited with being either the first, or else amongst the first, science fiction stories. The notion that it involves time travel as opposed to imagined time travel is less important than its explorations of what such an activity might entail and what might be possible given superior knowledge. However, it's safe to say that this wasn't Twain's intention, rather it was his purpose to ridicule notions of chivalry as he'd witnessed them during the Civil War.< Less
A Double Barrelled Detective Story By Mark Twain
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Published in 1902 by Harpers and Brothers, A Double Barrelled Detective Story was a novella in which the famous Sherlock Holmes is outwitted by a Archy Stillman who has an extraordinary sense of... More > smell. While the central story involves a detective case, hence the appearance of Sherlock Holmes, it is preceded by a domestic situation involving Archy Stillman's father. Naturally, Twain brings these two arcs together by the close.< Less
The American Claimant By Mark Twain
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Published in 1882 by Charles L. Webster, The American Claimant was Twain's sixth novel. The plot deals with the existence of an American, Colonel Mulberry Sellers, who is the true inheritor to an... More > ancient British title. Through various pranks and escapades, Twain contrasts the attitudes and expectations of American and British aristocracy, the one moneyed the latter inherited, only to find them both essentially vacuous.< Less
A Horse's Tale By Mark Twain
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Published in 1907 by Harper and Brothers, A Horse's Tale was the last novel written by Twain that was released in his lifetime. Written partially in the voice of Buffalo Bill's horse, Soldier Boy,... More > the plot follows eponymous creature to a fictional frontier post with the 7th US cavalry. The story was originally published in two instalments by Harper's magazine in 1906.< Less
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain
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Published in 1884 by Chatto and Windus in Britain and then in 1885 by Charles L. Webster in the United States, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was Twain's fourth novel and in literary terms his... More > best. The plot takes on aspects of his familiar travelogues with the principal characters using the Mississippi to move through different parts of America. Where Twain moves past this basic premise is to introduce a satirical edge taking in the slave-owning culture and its comparison to a slave who is intelligent and well-meaning. The book was criticised in the twentieth century for expressing a racial aspect, through its language which involves the use of the word 'nigger'. Such criticism is mostly devoid of context, ignoring when the novel was written and, more importantly, Twain's intention of attacking the slave-owning culture that he'd witnessed in the Confederacy. Outside the politics, the novel is also open to criticism for Twain's decision to continue the narrative following Jim's sale 'down the river'.< Less

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