Roughing It

  • by Mark Twain
  • Narrated by Grover Gardner
  • 15 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In 1861, young Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West. Roughing It is a hilarious record of his travels over a six-year period that comes to life with his inimitable mixture of reporting, social satire, and rollicking tall tales. Twain reflects on his scuffling years mining silver in Nevada, working at a Virginia City newspaper, being downandout in San Francisco, reporting for a newspaper from Hawaii, and more.
This humorous account is a patchwork of personal anecdotes and tall tales, many of them told in the “vigorous new vernacular” of the West.
Selling 75,000 copies within a year of its publication in 1872, Roughing It was greeted as a work of “wild, preposterous invention and sublime exaggeration” whose satiric humor made “pretension and false dignity ridiculous.” Meticulously restored from a variety of original sources, this text adheres to the author’s wishes in thousands of details of wording, spelling, and punctuation.

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What the Critics Say

“Describes, in dramatic incidents, the people he met, from desperadoes to Brigham Young.” (The Reader’s Encyclopedia)

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 23-12-2011
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.