Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement [NOOK Book]

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Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize for best manuscript in American Literature

With the publication of The Innocents Abroad (1869), Mark Twain embarked on a long and successful career as the 19th century's best-selling travel writer. Jeffrey Melton treats Twain's travel narratives in depth, and in the context of his contemporary travel writers and a burgeoning tourism culture. As Melton shows, Twain's five major travel narratives--The Innocents...
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Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism: The Tide of a Great Popular Movement

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Overview

Winner of the Elizabeth Agee Prize for best manuscript in American Literature

With the publication of The Innocents Abroad (1869), Mark Twain embarked on a long and successful career as the 19th century's best-selling travel writer. Jeffrey Melton treats Twain's travel narratives in depth, and in the context of his contemporary travel writers and a burgeoning tourism culture. As Melton shows, Twain's five major travel narratives--The Innocents Abroad, Roughing It, Life on the Mississippi, A Tramp Abroad, and Following the Equator--demonstrate Twain's mastery and reinvention of the genre.


 
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Editorial Reviews

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"Melton's book addresses the issues of race, imperialism and culture in a measured, thoughtful way. . . . Melton is making deliberate headway and guiding the reader upstream, not simply allowing the reader to be swept passively along with the tide"
--Mark Twain Forum

"This book should be compelling to anyone interested in Twain, travel writing, or Americans' attitudes about travel. It may be a testament to Twain's enduring insights--or maybe just proof that human nature doesn't change--that his observations about American travelers are as relevant in the age of the jet as they were in the days of the steamship"
--Foreword

"Worthwhile reading for humor scholars, Twainiacs, and those interested in travel and travel theory generally." — Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817313500
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Amer Lit Realism & Naturalism
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 184
  • File size: 540 KB

Meet the Author

Jeffrey Alan Melton is Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Alabama and coeditor, with Alan Gribben, of Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader.

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Table of Contents







1. The Success of Travel Books and the Failure of Tourism I
2. Tourism and Travel Writing in the Nineteenth Century i6
3. Touring the Old World: Faith and Leisure in The Innocents Abroad and A
Tramp Abroad 59
4. Touring the New World: The Search for Home in Roughing It and Life
on the Mississippi 95
5. Touring the Round: Imperialism and the Failure of Travel Writing in
Following the Equator 138
Notes I67
Works Cited I83
Selected Bibliography I87
Index I97






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