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Life on the Mississippi  Cover Image Book Book

Life on the Mississippi

Twain, Mark 1835-1910 (author.). Kaplan, Justin. (Added Author).

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  • ISBN: 0451531205
  • ISBN: 9780451531209
  • Physical Description: xxiv, 373 pages ; 18 cm
  • Publisher: New York, New York : Signet Classics, [2009]

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General Note:
"A note on the text: The text of this edition of Life on the Mississippi is that of the first edition published by the American Publishing Company at Hartford, Connecticut, in 1883. Spelling and punctuation have been brought into conformity with modern American usage."--Page [374].
Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.: A memoir of the steamboat era on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. The first half details a brief history of the river from its discovery by Hernando de Soto in 1541 and describes Twain's career as a Mississippi steamboat pilot, the fulfillment of a childhood dream. The second half of Life on the Mississippi tells of Twain's return, many years after, to travel the river from St. Louis to New Orleans. By then the competition from railroads had made steamboats passe, in spite of improvements in navigation and boat construction. Twain sees new, large cities on the river, and records his observations on greed, gullibility, tragedy, and bad architecture.
Subject: Steamboats Mississippi River
Pilots and pilotage Mississippi River
Mississippi River Description and travel
Authors, American 19th century Biography
Mississippi River Valley Social life and customs
Twain, Mark 1835-1910 Travel Mississippi River

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