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Mark Twain, Travel Books, and Tourism

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With the publication of ""The Innocents Abroad"" (1869), Mark Twain embarked on a long and successful career as the 19th century's best-selling travel writer. Jeffrey Melton treats Twain's travel narratives in depth, and in the context of his contemporary travel writers and a burgeoning tourism culture. As Melton shows, Twain's five major travel narratives - ""The Innocents Abroad"", ""Roughing It"", ""Life on the Mississippi"", ""A Tramp Abroad"", and ""Following the Equator"" - demonstrate Twain's mastery and reinvention of the genre.
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Jeffrey Alan Melton is Associate Professor of English at Auburn University Montgomery and coeditor, with Alan Gribben, of Mark Twain on the Move: A Travel Reader.


"Worthwhile reading for humor scholars, Twainiacs, and those interested in travel and travel theory generally." -- Choice "This book should be compelling to anyone interested in Twain, travel writing, or Americans' attitudes about travel. It may be a testament to Twain's enduring insights--or maybe just proof that human nature doesn't change--that his observations about American travelers are as relevant in the age of the jet as they were in the days of the steamship"--Foreword "Melton's book addresses the issues of race, imperialism and culture in a measured, thoughtful way. . . . Melton is making deliberate headway and guiding the reader upstream, not simply allowing the reader to be swept passively along with the tide"--Mark Twain Forum "Worthwhile reading for humor scholars, Twainiacs, and those interested in travel and travel theory generally." "Choice""

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