Author: Mark Twain
Year Published: 1872
Description: This early semi-autographical book journals humorist Mark Twain's travels in the American west and Hawaii in the 1860s. Like much of Twain's writing, it blends fact and fiction with satire and sensitivity to paint a colorful portrait of the personalities and landscapes he encounters as he—like so many others of the era—pursues fortune in a much romanticized place and time. Among the occupations he dabbles in are prospector, real estate speculator and journalist, none of which yield any riches other than the stories he gathers along the way.
'This book is merely a personal narrative, and not a pretentious history or a philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and its object is rather to help the resting reader while away an idle hour than afflict him with metaphysics, or goad him with science'