Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour

Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-World Comedy Tour

by Richard Zacks

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385536448
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/19/2016
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 465,510
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Zacks is the bestselling author of Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt’s Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York; Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805; Pirate Hunter: The True Story of Captain Kidd; History Laid Bare; and An Underground Education. His writing has been featured in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Harper’s Magazine, and many other publications. He attended the University of Michigan and the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Born in Savannah, Georgia, he now lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Joys of Self-Publishing 5

Chapter 2 Printing Mogul 13

Chapter 3 Safe Eggs and Broken Eggs 21

Chapter 4 The Trials of Paige and Joan of Arc 36

Chapter 5 An Odd Homecoming 46

Chapter 6 Not Enough Time to Curse 56

Chapter 7 Twain Grilled, Livy Burnt 65

Chapter 8 America: Dry Run for the World 71

Chapter 9 Traveling with a Volcano 88

Chapter 10 Separation 110

Chapter 11 At Sea 117

Chapter 12 Greetings, Mate 126

Chapter 13 Cashing in on the Platypus 141

Chapter 14 Maoriland 162

Chapter 15 Birthdays and Longing 181

Chapter 16 To India 194

Chapter 17 Bombay! 199

Chapter 18 Eyes Wide 206

Chapter 19 Rails, Riches and Elephants 218

Chapter 20 Holy Cities 225

Chapter 21 The Heart of the British Raj 242

Chapter 22 Himalayan Joy Ride 252

Chapter 23 Mutiny on the Ganges 260

Chapter 24 Feverish in the Pink City 273

Chapter 25 Dreams at Sea 285

Chapter 26 Africa 288

Chapter 27 Reuniting the Family 309

Chapter 28 Alone in London 325

Chapter 29 Helen Keller 329

Chapter 30 A London Re rival 334

Chapter 31 Charitable Schemes 344

Chapter 32 Joys of Payback 352

Chapter 33 Back in the Game 365

Chapter 34 Homecoming 384

Postscript 399

Acknowledgments 407

Appendix 409

Notes 411

Bibliography 431

Illustration Credits 437

Index 439

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