Roughing It
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Roughing It

By Mark Twain
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Roughing It is a book of semi-autobiographical travel literature written by American humorist Mark Twain. He wrote it during 1870–71 and published in 1872, as a prequel to his first book The Innocents Abroad (1869). This book tells of Twain's adventures prior to his pleasure cruise related in Innocents Abroad.
Roughing It follows the travels of young Mark Twain through the Wild West during the years 1861–1867. After a brief stint as a Confederate cavalry militiaman (not included in the account), he joined his brother Orion Clemens, who had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada Territory, on a stagecoach journey west. Twain consulted his brother's diary to refresh his memory and borrowed heavily from his active imagination for many stories in the book.
Roughing It illustrates many of Twain's early adventures, including a visit to Salt Lake City, gold and silver prospecting, real-estate speculation, a journey to the Kingdom of Hawaii, and his beginnings as a writer. This memoir provides examples of Twain's rough-hewn humor, which would become a staple of his writing in such later books as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer(1876), and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889).
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Table of Contents
  • ROUGHING IT, COMPLETE, By Mark Twain
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  • ROUGHING IT
    • PREFATORY.
    • CONTENTS.
    • LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
    • CHAPTER I.
    • CHAPTER II.
    • CHAPTER III.
    • CHAPTER IV.
    • CHAPTER V.
    • CHAPTER VI.
    • CHAPTER VII.
    • CHAPTER VIII.
    • CHAPTER IX.
    • CHAPTER X.
    • CHAPTER XI.
    • CHAPTER XII.
    • CHAPTER XIII.
    • CHAPTER XIV.
    • CHAPTER XV.
    • CHAPTER XVI.
    • CHAPTER XVII.
    • CHAPTER XVIII.
    • CHAPTER XIX.
    • CHAPTER XX.
    • CHAPTER XXI.
    • CHAPTER XXII.
    • CHAPTER XXIII.
    • CHAPTER XXIV.
    • CHAPTER XXV.
    • CHAPTER XXVI.
    • CHAPTER XXVII.
    • CHAPTER XXVIII.
    • CHAPTER XXIX.
    • CHAPTER XXX.
    • CHAPTER XXXI.
    • CHAPTER XXXII.
    • CHAPTER XXXIII.
    • CHAPTER XXXIV.
    • CHAPTER XXXV.
    • CHAPTER XXXVI.
    • CHAPTER XXXVII.
    • CHAPTER XXXVIII.
    • CHAPTER XXXIX.
    • CHAPTER XL.
    • CHAPTER XLI.
    • CHAPTER XLII.
    • CHAPTER XLIII.
    • CHAPTER XLIV.
    • CHAPTER XLV.
    • CHAPTER XLVI.
    • CHAPTER XLVII.
    • CHAPTER XLVIII.
    • CHAPTER XLIX.
    • CHAPTER L.
    • CHAPTER LI.
      • THE AGED PILOT MAN.
    • CHAPTER LII.
    • CHAPTER LIII.
      • THE STORY OF THE OLD RAM.
    • CHAPTER LIV.
    • CHAPTER LV.
    • CHAPTER LVI.
    • CHAPTER LVII.
    • CHAPTER LVIII.
    • CHAPTER LIX.
    • CHAPTER LX.
    • CHAPTER LXI.
    • CHAPTER LXII.
    • CHAPTER LXIII.
    • CHAPTER LXIV.
    • CHAPTER LXV.
    • CHAPTER LXVI.
    • CHAPTER LXVII.
    • CHAPTER LXVIII.
    • CHAPTER LXIX.
    • CHAPTER LXX.
    • CHAPTER LXXI.
    • CHAPTER LXXII.
    • CHAPTER LXXIII.
    • CHAPTER LXXIV.
    • CHAPTER LXXV.
    • CHAPTER LXXVI.
    • CHAPTER LXXVII.
    • CHAPTER LXXIII.
    • CHAPTER LXXIX.
    • APPENDIX.
      • SEEMING PLOT FOR ASSASSINATION MISCARRIED.
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