Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

By: Edmund Henry Garrett, Mark Twain, A.B. Shute, John Harley

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In this special republication of the first edition, more than 300 atmospheric black-and-white illustrations complement the great American humorist's recollections of his pre–Civil War days as a steamboat pilot. Twain recounts his youthful training, describes the science of navigation on the mercurial river, narrates a passenger trip undertaken years later from St. Louis to New Orleans, and serves a hearty sampling of tall tales.
"Your true pilot cares nothing about anything on earth but the river," notes Twain, "and his pride in his occupation surpasses the pride of kings." The author's commentary sparkles with keen observations on increased competition from railroads, up-and-coming cities along the river, and incidents of greed, gullibility, and other human foibles.

Reprint of the James R. Osgood & Company, Boston, 1883 edition.
AvailabilityOut of Stock
ISBN 100486497275
ISBN 139780486497273
Author/EditorEdmund Henry Garrett, Mark Twain, A.B. Shute, John Harley
Page Count576
Dimensions5 3/8 x 8 1/2

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