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Hellwig, Harold H. Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind.

Hellwig, Harold H. Mark Twain's Travel Literature: The Odyssey of a Mind. McFarland & Co., 2008. Soft cover. 227 pages. $35.00. ISBN 978-0-7864-3651-4.

This critical study analyzes major concepts in the travel literature of Mark Twain and notes how his oeuvre (including his classic works of fiction) revolves around travel as a central issue. The book focuses especially on his representations of time, place, and identity in the travel works Roughing It, A Tramp Abroad, The Innocents Abroad, Life on The Mississippi, and Following the Equator. All receive an in-depth analysis, noting Twain's strong sense of nostalgia for the disappearing American frontier, his growing concern over the assimilation of Native American cultures, and his continual search for a sense of personal and national identity. One appendix provides a complete list of the travel literature contained in Twain's personal library. [Text drawn from publisher's blurb.]

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Date:Apr 1, 2010
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