Life on the Mississippi

Mark Twain, 1835-1910

Book - 2007

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Modern Library classics
New York : Modern Library 2007.
Modern Library pbk. ed
Item Description
Originally published: Boston : James R. Osgood and Co., 1883.
Physical Description
xviii, 388 p. ; 21 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
Main Author
Mark Twain, 1835-1910 (-)
Other Authors
James Danly (-), Bill McKibben
Review by Publisher Summary 1

A colorful and entertaining account offers a history of the Mississippi River, describes Twain's experiences as a young riverboat pilot, and shares tall tales, character sketches, local history and lore, and observations about the Mississippi. Reprint.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Twain, the riverboat pilot and renowned author, discusses his experiences on the Mississippi River while including tall tales and character sketches with his narrative.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Fashioned from the same experiences that would inspire the masterpiece Huckleberry Finn, Life on the Mississippi is Mark Twain’s most brilliant and most personal nonfiction work. It is at once an affectionate evocation of the vital river life in the steamboat era and a melancholy reminiscence of its passing after the Civil War, a priceless collection of humorous anecdotes and folktales, and a unique glimpse into Twain’s life before he began to write.Written in a prose style that has been hailed as among the greatest in English literature, Life on the Mississippi established Twain as not only the most popular humorist of his time but also America’s most profound chronicler of the human comedy.