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Roughing It

Twain, Mark (Book - 1985 )
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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.
Authors: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
Title: Roughing it
Publisher: New York : Penguin, [1985]
Characteristics: 590 p. ;,18 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Mark Twain ; edited with an introduction by Hamlin Hill
Additional Contributors: Hill, Hamlin Lewis - 1931-2002
ISBN: 0140390103
9780140390100
Branch Call Number: 818.4 T969ro 1985
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 25-26)
Subject Headings: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Travel West (U.S.) Description and travel Authors, American 19th century Biography
Topical Term: Authors, American
LCCN: 81010593
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"I am not given to exaggeration, and when I say a thing I mean it," says Mark Twain in this almost true travelogue. His almost-true but always funny adventures out West begin with the indignities of stagecoach travel and end up with failure on the gold fields.


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Jul 21, 2014
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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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