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LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI By Mark Twain
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Life on the Mississippi. Life on the Mississippi (1883) is a memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and also a travel book,... More > recounting his trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the war.< Less
What Is Man? By Mark Twain
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Mark Twain's final work
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
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn By Mark Twain
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (often shortened to Huck Finn) is a novel written by American humorist Mark Twain. It is commonly used and accounted as one of the first Great American Novels. It is... More > also one of the first major American novels written using Local Color Regionalism, or vernacular, told in the first person by the eponymous Huckleberry "Huck" Finn, best friend of Tom Sawyer and hero of three other Mark Twain books. The book is noted for its colorful description of people and places along the Mississippi River. By satirizing Southern antebellum society that was already a quarter-century in the past by the time of publication, the book is an often scathing look at entrenched attitudes, particularly racism. The drifting journey of Huck and his friend Jim, a runaway slave, down the Mississippi River on their raft may be one of the most enduring images of escape and freedom in all of American literature.< Less
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
Roughing It (Illustrated) By Mark Twain
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Roughing It is Twain's personal recollection of his wanderlust years. It is a wildly humorous adventure yarn that combines hard facts with a healthy dose of the author's unique perspective, one that... More > helped define the course of American literature.< 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
Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven By Mark Twain
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"Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" is a short story written by American writer Mark Twain. It first appeared in print in Harper's Magazine in December 1907 and January 1908, and was... More > published in book form with some revisions in 1909. This was the last story published by Twain during his life< 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

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