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Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain

Dover Publications | December 21, 2000 | Trade Paperback

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The popular 19th-century humorist offers lively recollections ranging from his salad days as a novice steamboat pilot on one of the world''s greatest rivers to views from the passenger deck in the twilight of the river culture''s heyday. Engrossing and entertaining anecdotes by a peerless storyteller from a now-finished chapter of American history.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.25 × 2.04 × 0.27 in

Published: December 21, 2000

Publisher: Dover Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486414264

ISBN - 13: 9780486414263

Appropriate for ages: 11

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Life on the Mississippi

by Mark Twain

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 3.25 × 2.04 × 0.27 in

Published: December 21, 2000

Publisher: Dover Publications

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0486414264

ISBN - 13: 9780486414263

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The popular 19th-century humorist offers lively recollections ranging from his salad days as a novice steamboat pilot on one of the world''s greatest rivers to views from the passenger deck in the twilight of the river culture''s heyday. Engrossing and entertaining anecdotes by a peerless storyteller from a now-finished chapter of American history.

About the Author

Samuel Clemens - steamboat pilot, prospector, and newspaper reporter - adopted the pen name "Mark Twain" when he began his career as a literary humorist. The pen name - a river's pilot's term meaning "two fathoms deep" or "safe water" - appears to have freed Clemens to develop the humorous, deadpan manner that became his trademark. During his lifetime, Twain wrote a great deal. Much of his writing was turned out quickly to make money. Even his least significant writing, however, contains flashes of wit and reveals his marvelous command of colloquial American English. His best work is his "Mississippi writing" - Life on the Mississippi (1883) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). In the latter novel Twain was able to integrate his talent for comic invention with his satirical cast of mind and sense of moral outrage. Novelist Ernest Hemingway declared The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn the greatest American novel and the source of all modern American fiction. Certainly it influenced Hemingway's own work and that of writers as diverse as Saul Bellow and J.D. Salinger. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal, a small southern town very similar to the one in which he places his heroes Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Twain was a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot, a profession he regarded with great respect all his life. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story "The Celebra
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