On July 14, 1895, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 59 years old and deeply in debt, boarded a night train to Cleveland, launching a performance tour designed to alleviate his financial woes, and, more importantly, resuscitate his alter ego, Mark Twain. The journey took him to Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa, and led to the resurrection of Twain as a celebrity. Equal parts travelogue, social history, and biography, Around the World with Mark Twain paints a decidedly different portrait of Clemens: a more tragic, darker figure who faced financial ruin and personal loss throughout his life. Around the World with Mark Twain delights while deepening our understanding of this magnificent personality.
In this fascinating nonfiction audiobook, Around the World with Mark Twain, author Robert Cooper recreates the historic lecture tour that took Twain around the world in 1895. In numerous firsthand accounts, the listener occasionally thrills to hear Twain's drawling voice come alive through the vocal expertise of veteran actor Bernard Setaro Clark. Clark escorts avid listeners from "Indian country" in Wyoming all the way to India itself, with ample colorful digressions both to fill in the historical blanks and to give the journey its full literary context.
Beginning in Elmira, New York, this journey takes both authors, albeit 100 years apart, to destinations as far removed from Samuel Clemens' beloved Mississippi as Sri Lanka and South Africa.
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