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Life on the Mississippi

Life on the Mississippi

Author: Mark Twain

Year Published: 1883

Description: In Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain chronicles his experiences as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before the Civil War. He starts by describing the river's discovery and the science behind the successful navigation of its constantly changing waters. He then recounts a trip he made many years after the war from St. Louis to New Orleans, along the way providing commentary on societal changes brought about by the arrival of the railroad and increasing urbanization. Interspersed among these observations are many colorful anecdotes, some of which are assumed to be fabricated.

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'Your true pilot cares nothing about anything on earth but the river, and his pride in his occupation surpasses the pride of kings.'

Life on the Mississippi

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