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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,291 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being down-and-out in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.

This humorous account is a patchwork of personal anecdotes and tall tales, many of them told in the “vigorous new vernacular” of the West.

Selling seventy-five thousand copies within a year of its publication in 1872, Roughing It was greeted as a work of “wild, preposterous invention and sublime exaggeration” whose satiric humor made “pretension and false dignity ridiculous.” Meticulously restored from a variety of original sources, this text adheres to the author’s wishes in thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Roughing It is published as a companion volume to The Innocents Abroad. It is of very much the same character as its predecessor—as laughable and as entertaining.”

    Utica Morning Herald and Gazette

  • “There is no nicer surprise for a reader than to discover that an acknowledged classic really does deliver the goods. Mark Twain’s Roughing It is just such a book. The adventure tale is a delight from start to finish and is just as engrossing today as it was 125 years ago when it first appeared.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Describes, in dramatic incidents, the people he met, from desperadoes to Brigham Young.”

    The Reader’s Encyclopedia

  • “This humorous travel book…is full of colorful caricatures of outlandish locals and detailed sketches of frontier life.”

    Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “A vigorous, many-sided portrait of the Western frontier.”

    The Concise Oxford Companion to American Literature

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