Roughing It

Roughing It

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Roughing It was written by Mark Twain and first published in 1872. It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman, he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain consulted his

Overview

Roughing It was written by Mark Twain and first published in 1872. It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman, he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain consulted his brother's diary to refresh his memory and borrowed heavily from his active imagination for many stories in the novel.

Roughing It illustrates many of Twain's early adventures, including a visit to Salt Lake City, gold and silver prospecting, real-estate speculation, and his beginnings as a writer.

In this memoir, readers can see examples of Twain's rough-hewn humor, which would become a staple of his writing in his later books, such as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012426598
Publisher:
United Holdings Group
Publication date:
04/26/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
683 KB

Meet the Author

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist noted for the novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (which has been called "The Great American Novel") and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, among many other books. Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, and he spent time as a riverboat pilot on the Mississippi River before finding fame as a writer.

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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Roughing It 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 79 reviews.
jchas More than 1 year ago
I have read this book 3 times over the years. The first time it literally had me laughing out loud as I read it on my lunch hours in the company bresk room. It is a hilarious tale of Twains travel adventure by stage coach from the Mississippi to Californias gold fields with a unique historical perspective of the California gold rush that you wont find any where else. Much more entertaining than his other "travel" books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain is always great. For those who want a trip back into our past, Roughing It is fun.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As someone who has travelled the areas Twain describes, I can truly appreciate his perspective. Hope its not lost on those that haven't witnessed it first hand. A bit wordy in some areas, but a great book nonetheless.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining autobiographical book
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has no discernable plot or other literary pretenseions to distract from the fun of seeing Virginia City and the Comstock Lode in their heyday through the eyes of a young Samuel Clemens. It could be subtitled 'Autobiography of a Splendid Liar.' It wanders about, goes nowhere in particular and trails off into idle reminiscences, but it's a great trip.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is one of the best books i ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Educational, historical,  and hilarious.  Join Mark Twain on his journey across 19th century America.  It makes history fun.
MikeLaville More than 1 year ago
awesome book!
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This version wasunfortunately unreadable.
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dranowalker More than 1 year ago
Covers Twain's travels from St Joe, MO to the west coast. Highly entertaining. Must read if you liked Huck and Tom from Twain.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a full book
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AUDONIANO More than 1 year ago
Even that this is a very long book wont get you tire, Twain show how was to travel through the country when he was alive. It was fun to read!
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