Roughing It

Roughing It

Paperback Signet Classics

By (author) Mark Twain, Introduction by Professor Elizabeth Frank

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  • Publisher: Signet
  • Format: Paperback | 462 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 168mm x 43mm | 227g
  • Publication date: 29 April 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0451531108
  • ISBN 13: 9780451531100
  • Sales rank: 97,734

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A classic tour of the wild west In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West?and "Roughing It" is his hilarious record of his travels come to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales.

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Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835, and died at Redding, Connecticut in 1910. In his person and in his pursuits he was a man of extraordinary contrasts. Although he left school at twelve when his father died, he was eventually awarded honorary degrees from Yale University, the University of Missouri, and Oxford University. His career encompassed such varied occupations as printer, Mississippi riverboat pilot, journalist, travel writer, and publisher. He made fortunes from his writing but toward the end of his life he had to resort to lecture tours to pay his debts. He was hot-tempered, profane, and sentimental--and also pessimistic, cynical, and tortured by self-doubt. His nostalgia helped produce some of his best books. He lives in American letters as a great artist, the writer whom William Dean Howells called "the Lincoln of our literature."