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Life On The Mississippi Annotated

Life On The Mississippi Annotated

Twain, Mark

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General World History

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ISBN13: 9798502676359
Publisher: Independently Published
Published: May 11 2021
Pages: 502
Weight: 1.27
Height: 1.01 Width: 5.51 Depth: 8.50
Language: English
Life on the Mississippi (1883) is a memoir by Mark Twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War. It is also a travel book, recounting his trip along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans many years after the war. The book begins with a brief history of the river as reported by Europeans and Americans, beginning with the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto in 1542. It continues with anecdotes of Twain's training as a steamboat pilot, as the 'cub' (apprentice) of an experienced pilot, Horace E. Bixby. He describes, with great affection, the science of navigating the ever-changing Mississippi River in a section that was first published in 1876, entitled Old Times on the Mississippi. Although Twain was actually 21 when he began his training, he uses artistic license to make himself seem somewhat younger, referring to himself as a fledgling and a boy who ran away from home to seek his fortune on the river, and playing up his own callowness and naïveté.

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