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The Innocents Abroad : Or the New Pilgrims Progress (Signet Classics) by Mark Twain - Paperback - February 1966 - from Books of the World (SKU: RWARE0000003023)

The Innocents Abroad : Or the New Pilgrims Progress (Signet Classics)

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The Innocents Abroad : Or the New Pilgrims Progress (Signet Classics): Being Some Account of the Steamship Quaker City's Pleasure Excursion to Europe and the Holy Land: with Descriptions of Countries, Nations, Incidents and Adventures, as They Appeared to the Author

by Mark Twain

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New York: Signet Classics. February 1966. Mass Market Paperback. Near Fine. Interior pristine. Spine straight, tight and uncreased. Covers clean and bright. Light edgewear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. 510 pages.

Based on a series of letters Mark Twain wrote from Europe to newspapers in San Francisco and New York as a roving correspondent, The Innocents Abroad (1869) is a burlesque of the sentimental travel books popular in the mid-nineteenth century. Twain's fresh and humorous perspective on hallowed European landmarks lacked reverence for the past - the ancient statues of saints on the Cathedral of Notre Dame are "battered and broken-nosed old fellows" and tour guides "interrupt every dream, every pleasant train of thought, with their tiresome cackling." Equally irreverent about American manners (including his own) as he is about European attitudes, Twain ultimately concludes that, for better or worse, "human nature is very much the same all over the world."


The Innocents Abroad, also known as The New Pilgrims’ Progress , was written by American author Mark Twain, and first published by the American Publishing Company in 1869. The humorous travel book follows the voyage of Mark Twain and his fellow travelers on a retired Civil War ship titled the USS Quaker City. While traveling through Europe, Egypt, and the Holy Land, Mark Twain critically (but comically) examines both his tourist shipmates and the tour guides he encounters throughout his travels. While also famous for such novels as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Innocents Abroad was Mark Twain’s bestselling book during his lifetime.

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On Feb 24 2018, a reader said:
The Innocents Abroad is an autobiography, of Mark Twain and his cruise through Europe and the Holy Land. Twain is very descriptive of life in each of the countries he visits, and the people's attitudes toward Americans at that time. He is a self taught and knowledgeable 19th century American. His descriptions of life in Europe and the Holy Land at that time are informative. Not being treated nicely, very often, by Europeans, he expresses his criticisms of European ways. His attitudes toward women are typical of that time period. In writing about the going about everyday doings, the lack of computer convenience is seen. It is interesting learning about him, and life at the time of this book. I suggest that people reading this book, keep in mind the time period, when reading about his attitudes toward others. I love his writing talent.


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The Innocents Abroad : Or the New Pilgrims Progress (Signet Classics)
Mark Twain
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February 1966
travel, travelogue, travel writing, comedy, humor, biography, memoir, essays, anthologies, classics, Europe
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Exploration, Expeditions, and Discoveries; Europe; Humor, Comedy, Satire, Funny stuff;

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