Roughing It

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Mark Twain

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks

Date: December 2011

Duration: 15 hours 47 minutes

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 down-and-out 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 seventy five thousand 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.

"Describes, in dramatic incidents, the people he met, from desperadoes to Brigham Young."—The Reader's Encyclopedia

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Roughing It

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