Life on the Mississippi

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He was Sam Clemens, steamboat pilot, before he was Mark Twain, famous author. His better-known name originated with the lingo of navigation, and much of his writing was informed by his shipboard adventures on one of the world's great rivers. In this classic of American literature, Twain offers lively recollections ranging from his salad days as a novice pilot to views from the passenger deck in the twilight of the river culture's heyday. Under the tutelage of the most celebrated pilot on the Mississippi, young Twain acquires the skills to navigate a constantly changing riverscape, avoiding potential collisions with other boats and traversing winding channels in the dead of night. The vivid and ever-engaging narrative encompasses tales of riverside town feuds, the professional vicissitudes of a riverboat gambler, dramatic accounts of life in Vicksburg as the city lay under siege during the Civil War, and many other scenes from a now-vanished way of life. These antebellum visions take on a bittersweet cast with the author's postwar return to the region, when railroad competition has largely doomed the commercial steamboat and the old ways of life are passing into history. A testimonial to Twain's repute as the most popular humorist of his day, these reminiscences crackle with comic anecdotes and energetic witticisms. Engrossing and entertaining, this volume will captivate devotees of Twain, steamboat buffs, lovers of Americana, and students of American literature.
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Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- Mississippi River Valley
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Literary
Children -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction
Electronic books
Mississippi River -- Description and travel
Mississippi River -- Description and travel -- Juvenile fiction
Mississippi River Valley -- Intellectual life -- 19th century
Mississippi River Valley -- Social life and customs
Mississippi River Valley -- Social life and customs -- Juvenile fiction
Pilots and pilotage -- Mississippi River
Pilots and pilotage -- Mississippi River -- Juvenile fiction
River boats -- Juvenile fiction
River life -- Mississippi River -- Juvenile fiction
Steamboats -- Juvenile fiction
Steamboats -- Mississippi River
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Homes and haunts -- Mississippi River Valley
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Travel -- Mississippi River
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Travel -- Mississippi River Valley
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction
Wit and humor
title_display Life on the Mississippi
title_full Life on the Mississippi / Mark Twain ; with an introduction by Justin Kaplan ; new afterword by John Seelye
Life on the Mississippi [electronic resource] / Mark Twain
Life on the Mississippi [electronic resource] Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
title_short Life on the Mississippi
topic_facet Adventure stories
Authors, American
Children
Conduct of life
Description and travel
Electronic books
Homes and haunts
Intellectual life
Pilots and pilotage
River boats
River life
Social life and customs
Steamboats
Travel
Twain, Mark
Voyages and travels
Wit and humor