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One of the most beloved of Mark Twain’s works, Life on the Mississippi is a stirring account of America's vanished past.

In 1882 Mark Twain returned to the river of his childhood, determined to write the definitive travel book on the Mississippi.

At once a romantic history of a mighty river, an autobiographical account of Mark Twain's early steamboat days, and a storehouse of humorous anecdotes and sketches, Life on the Mississippi is the raw material from which Twain wrote his finest novel—Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Sweetened with Twain's pungent observations and commentaries on the culture and society of the great river valley, Life on the Mississippi is a wonderful collection of tall tales and character sketches; historical facts and narratives.

Every page is expressive of the structure, style and high humour that is the very essence of Mark Twain.

Life on the Mississippi went on to become one of the best selling of Twain's works during his lifetime, as well as one of the best-selling books of all time.

MARK TWAIN (1835-1910) Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Author of numerous essays, short stories, and novels, including The Prince and the Pauper, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, hailed by Ernest Hemingway as “the Great American Novel.”

“The masterly work of a great writer.”

-F.R. Leavis

“Meanwhile we are very sure that Mr. Clemens has given us the most thorough and racy report of the whole phenomenon which has yet been forthcoming, and that much more significance is contained in it than we are able to concentrate in these few words.”

-The Atlantic Monthly

This is a disjointed, outrageous, hilarious, fascinating, meandering tour through a strange, lush, vanished America. It is also a series of autobiographical meditations by a singular genius, whose voice you will find yourself imitating in your speech and writing as you immerse yourself in this lovable book.

-Evan Leatherwood



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