Life on the Mississppi by Mark Twain (Full version)

Life on the Mississppi by Mark Twain (Full version)

by Mark Twain
     
 
Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before and after the American Civil War. The book begins with a brief history of the river. It continues with anecdotes of Twain's training as a steamboat pilot, as the 'cub' of an experienced pilot. He describes, with great affection, the science of

Overview

Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before and after the American Civil War. The book begins with a brief history of the river. It continues with anecdotes of Twain's training as a steamboat pilot, as the 'cub' of an experienced pilot. He describes, with great affection, the science of navigating the ever-changing Mississippi River. In the second half, the book describes Twain's return, many years later, to travel on a steamboat from St. Louis to New Orleans. He describes the competition from railroads, the new, large cities, and his observations on greed, gullibility, tragedy, and bad architecture. He also tells some stories that are most likely tall tales. Simultaneously published in 1883 in the U.S. and in England, it is said to be the first book composed on a typewriter.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013751361
Publisher:
Maran State Books
Publication date:
01/09/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
678 KB

Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 — April 21, 1910),
better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American humorist,
satirist, writer, and lecturer. Twain is most noted for his novels
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the
Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is also
known for his quotations. During his lifetime, Clemens became a
friend to presidents, artists, leading industrialists, and European
royalty. Clemens enjoyed immense public popularity, and his keen
wit and incisive satire earned him praise from both critics and
peers. American author William Faulkner called Twain "the father of
American literature."

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
November 30, 1835
Date of Death:
April 21, 1910
Place of Birth:
Florida, Missouri
Place of Death:
Redding, Connecticut

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