A Tramp Abroad by Mark Twain

By Mark Twain

In A Tramp in another country, Mark Twain's unofficial sequel to The Innocents out of the country, the writer files his hilarious and numerous observations and insights whereas on a fifteen-month strolling journey via primary Europe and the Alps. "Here you might have Twain's inimitable mix," writes Dave Eggers in his advent, "of the folksy and the without problems erudite, his unshakable reliable experience and his mythical wit, his knack for the simple relation of an ideal anecdote, and a few achingly attractive nature writing."

This glossy Library Paperback vintage reproduces the textual content of the 1st American variation and contours new explanatory notes and a severe Afterword by means of Kerry Driscoll, professor of English at Saint Joseph collage in Connecticut.

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2 But these traditional commonplace 2 Gilbert Chinard, introduction to The Literary Bible ofThomas Jefferson: His Commonplace Book of Philosophers (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1928), p. 4. The personal aspect is missing. Occasionally, though, commonplace books took on a more personalized form. Their authors carried them around and jotted in them at odd moments during the day. The commonplace books gathered reflections, scraps of original verse and other creative writing, and summaries of books read, as well as the de rigeur bits of copied information.

S. Eliot, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes (among others). The structure of the poetry will change as each poet moves beyond what former writers have done. But beyond these technical differences, the concerns of the poets shift and change as the world itself hurtles toward modernity: away from the nature of heroism and the quest for eternal life, toward the difficulties of simple existence in a chaotic and planless world. You have learned something about the spiritual evolution of the West. Although you can choose any of the lists to begin with, they are arranged from the least intimidating form of reading (the novel) on up to the most intimidating (poetry, difficult because of its highly stylized language).

But the preface can also give you an interpretation before you even read the book— something to be avoided. V. Rieu's preface to his translation of the Iliad sums up the plot, tells you about Homer's use of delayed action, and explains briefly how the reader should understand Homer's similes and epithets. This makes the reading of the Iliad more rewarding, not less. But Anita Brookner's introduction to the Scribner edition of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth, excellent though it is in itself, gives you a thumbnail sketch of the heroine's character and motivation—something you should do yourself before turning to an expert to do it for you.

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