Roughing it

Roughing it

Paperback Mark Twain Library

By (author) Mark Twain, Edited by Harriet Elinor Smith, Edited by Edgar Marquess Branch, Edited by Lin Salamo, Edited by Robert Pack Browning, Illustrated by True W. Williams, Illustrated by Edward F. Mullen, Other Richard A. Watson

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  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Format: Paperback | 888 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 206mm x 43mm | 885g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Berkerley
  • ISBN 10: 0520268172
  • ISBN 13: 9780520268173
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: 305 line illustrations
  • Sales rank: 614,395

Product description

Mark Twain's humorous account of his six years in Nevada, San Francisco, and the Sandwich Islands is a patchwork of personal anecdotes and tall tales, many of them told in the 'vigorous new vernacular' of the West. Selling seventy five thousand copies within a year of its publication in 1872, "Roughing It" was greeted as a work of 'wild, preposterous invention and sublime exaggeration' whose satiric humor made 'pretension and false dignity ridiculous'. Meticulously restored from a variety of original sources, the text is the first to adhere to the author's wishes in thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation, and includes all of the 304 first-edition illustrations. With its comprehensive and illuminating notes and supplementary materials, which include detailed maps tracing Mark Twain's western travels, this Mark Twain Library "Roughing It" must be considered the standard edition for readers and students of Mark Twain.

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Author information

Harriet Elinor Smith, Lin Salamo, and Robert Pack Browning are associate editors with the Mark Twain Project. Edgar Marquess Branch is Emeritus Professor of English at Miami University.