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Life on the Mississippi

Autor: Mark Twain; Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress)
Verlag: New York and London : Harper & Brothers, [1917]
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Zusammenfassung:
An account of Twain's experiences as an apprentice riverboat pilot in the days of the great Mississippi steamboats.
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Gattung/Form: Biographies
Biography
Physisches Format Online version:
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Life on the Mississippi.
New York, London, Harper & Brothers [1917]
(OCoLC)569097172
Name: Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain; Mark Twain
Medienart: Internetquelle
Dokumenttyp Buch, Internet-Ressource
Alle Autoren: Mark Twain; Rouben Mamoulian Collection (Library of Congress)
OCLC-Nummer: 1352447
Beschreibung: iv, 526 pages, 9 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), frontispiece ; 22 cm
Inhalt: The river and its history --
The river and its explorers --
Frescoes from the past --
The boys' ambition --
I want to be a cub-pilot --
A cub-pilot's experience --
A daring deed --
Perplexing lessons --
Continued perplexities --
Completing my education --
The river rises --
Sounding --
A pilot's needs --
Rank and dignity of piloting --
The pilots' monopoly --
Racing days --
Cut-offs and stephen --
I take a few extra lessons --
Brown and i exchange compliments --
A catastrophe --
A section in my biography --
I return to my muttons --
Traveling incognito --
My incognito is exploded --
From Cairo to Hickman --
Under fire --
Some imported articles --
Uncle Mumford unloads --
A few specimen bricks --
Sketches by the way --
A thumb-print and what came of it --
The disposal of a bonanza --
Refreshments and ethics --
Tough yarns --
Vicksburg during the trouble --
The professor's yarn --
The end of the 'gold dust' --
The house beautiful --
Manufactures and miscreants --
Castles and culture --
The metropolis of the south --
Hygiene and sentiment --
The art of inhumation --
City sights --
Southern sports --
Enchantments and enchanters --
Uncle remus and mr. cable --
Sugar and postage --
Episodes in pilot life --
The 'original jacobs' --
Reminiscences --
A burning brand --
My boyhood's home --
Past and present --
A vendetta and other things --
A question of law --
An archangel --
On the upper river --
Legends and scenery --
Speculations and conclusions --
Appendix.
Verfasserangabe: by Mark Twain.

Abstract:

An account of Twain's experiences as an apprentice riverboat pilot in the days of the great Mississippi steamboats.

Both a memoir and a travel book, Mark Twain recalls his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the American Civil War, and then many years after, recounts a trip as passenger along the Mississippi River from St. Louis to New Orleans. The book begins with a brief history of the river as reported by Europeans and Americans, beginning with the Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto, continues with Twain's anecdotes of his training as a steamboat pilot, as the 'cub' (apprentice) of an experienced pilot, and the science of navigating the ever-changing Mississippi River. On the later trip downriver, despite of improvements in navigation and boat construction, the time of the steamboat is passing. There is competition from railroads, and as he describes new, large cities, and he adds observations on greed, gullibility, tragedy, and bad architecture.

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