Roughing It

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University of California Press, Dec 14, 1993 - Literary Criticism - 1111 pages
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Based on Mark Twain's own years of "variegated vagabonding" in the West, this comic narrative offers a virtual grab-bag of tall tales, folklore, beast fables, travelogue, local color, autobiography, history, geography even statistics. This new critical edition of "Roughing It"supersedes the 1972 edition published in the "Works of Mark Twain" over twenty years ago. It is an entirely new undertaking, by a different group of editors. Together they have made extensive use of newly discovered historical and textual materials, particularly biographical documents which illuminate how Mark Twain gave literary shape to his actual experiences in the West. This edition includes the more than 300 illustrations Mark Twain commissioned for his book. It also provides six new maps: two for Nevada in the 1860s and four to help trace the Clemens brothers' cross-country stagecoach route. The editors provide a comprehensive introduction that will supplant all previous accounts of how Mark Twain wrote and revised his second long book. Fully supplemented by the textual apparatus, the edition presents a complete record of Twain's revisions and is sure to become the standard text of Mark Twain's great Western adventure. Editorial work was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by a generous gift from the L. J. Skaggs and Mary C. Skaggs Foundation.
  

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Review: Roughing It (Enriched Classic)

User Review  - Kennyo - Goodreads

I've never felt as comfortably "at home" reading any other book as I feel when reading Roughing It. Laugh out loud stories rarely affect me that way but Twain broke my stony Scandinavian reserve ... Read full review

Review: Roughing It (Enriched Classic)

User Review  - Sam Klemens - Goodreads

As I see it, the wretched problem with this book is that it's too damn funny. Allow me to explain. Here I was on the subway, reading Twain and maintaining the unwritten etiquette of public ... Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
EXPLANATORY NOTES
573
Background Material Supplied by Orion Clemens
769
Maps
783
Horace Greeley to Samuel L Clemens 7 May 1871
794
INTRODUCTION
797
TEXTUAL APPARATUS
913
Description of Texts
914
Textual Notes
934
Emendations of the CopyText and Rejected Substantives
947
Word Division in This Volume
1020
REFERENCES
1023
Copyright

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About the author (1993)

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer for a time, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled in the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner, Gilded Age in 1873. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi (1883), and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884). He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

Branch is Research Professor Emeritus and Associate in American Literature at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He has written extensively on Mark Twain and James T. Farrell.

Lin Salamo and Harriet Elinor Smith are editors with the Mark Twain Project in The Bancroft Library of the University of California at Berkeley. Editorial work for this volume was generously supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and by donations to The Friends of The Bancroft Library from the Barkley Fund.