A Week in Hepsidam

Being the First and Only True Account of the Mountains, Men, Manners, and Morals Thereof : Also, a Description of the Lion that Roareth, the Whangdoodle that Mourneth, and the Guyascutus that Leadeth the Whangdoodle Whithersoever He Wilteth

Author: George William Bagby

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Satire, American

Page: 66

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Mark Twain's Notebooks & Journals, Volume II

(1877-1883)

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520905535

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 718

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The twelve notebooks in volume 1 provided information about the eighteen years in which the most profound, even dramatic, changes took place in Clemens' life. He early achieved the limits of his boyhood ambition by becoming a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, a position there is no reason to believe he would have abandoned if the Civil War had not forced him to do so. In fleeing from a war which principle and temperament prevented him from supporting, Clemens entered into the first stages of his literary career by serving as a reporter for newspapers in Virginia City and San Francisco. When the restricted experiences available to a local reporter had been thoroughly explored, he moved on as a traveling correspondent to the Sandwich Islands and then still farther to Europe and the Near East. The latter travels provided him with material for The Innocents Abroad, the book that established Mark Twain as a popular author with an international reputation in 1869. In 1872 he further exploited his personal history by publishing Roughing It and in the same year visited England to gather material on English people and institutions. He returned to England the following year, this time accompanied by his family and by a secretary who would record the observations printed as the last notebook in volume 1. Volume 2 of Mark Twain's Notebooks and Journals, documenting Clemens' activities in the years from 1877 to 1883, consists largely of the record of three trips which would serve as the source for three travel narratives: the excursion to Bermuda, a prolonged tour of Europe, and an evocative return to the Mississippi River. Despite the common impulse to preserve observations and impressions for literary use, the contents of the notebooks are remarkably different in their vitality-and the works which developed from the notes are correspondingly varied.

California Gold Camps

A Geographical and Historical Dictionary of Camps, Towns, and Localities Where Gold Was Found and Mined; Wayside Stations and Trading Centers

Author: Erwin G. Gudde

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520261445

Category: History

Page: 480

View: 3627

Many books have been written about the California Gold Rush, but a geographical-historical dictionary has long been lacking. With the publication of California Gold Camps, a monumental project has been completed. California Gold Camps is a basic reference that will be indispensable to the historian, the geographer, and to the general reader interested in California's colorful past.

Bill Nye and Boomerang

Author: Bill Nye

Publisher: BoD – Books on Demand

ISBN: 3734049180

Category: Fiction

Page: 308

View: 3355

Reproduction of the original: Bill Nye and Boomerang by Bill Nye

The Best of Bill Nye's Humor

Author: Bill Nye

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780808403449

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 444

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