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The Resource Chasing the last laugh : Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour, Richard Zacks

Chasing the last laugh : Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour, Richard Zacks

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Chasing the last laugh : Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour
Title
Chasing the last laugh
Title remainder
Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour
Statement of responsibility
Richard Zacks
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
"From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of The Pirate Hunter and Island of Vice, a rich and lively account of Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad. In 1895, at age sixty, Mark Twain was dead broke and miserable--his recent novels had been critical and commercial failures, and he was bankrupted by his inexplicable decision to run a publishing company. His wife made him promise to pay every debt back in full, so Twain embarked on an around-the-world comedy lecture tour that would take him from the dusty small towns of the American West to the faraway lands of India, South Africa, Australia, and beyond. Richard Zacks' rich and entertaining narrative provides a portrait of Twain as a complicated, vibrant individual, and showcases the biting wit and skeptical observation that made him one of the greatest of all American writers. Twain remained abroad for five years, a time of struggle and wild experiences -- and ultimately redemption, as he rediscovered his voice as a writer and humorist, and returned, wiser and celebrated. As he said in his famous reply to an article about his demise, "the report of my death is an exaggeration." Weaving together a trove of sources, including newspaper accounts, correspondence, and unpublished material from Berkeley's ongoing Twain Project, Zacks chronicles a chapter of Twain's life as complex as the author himself, full of foolishness and bad choices, but also humor, self-discovery, and triumph"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 818/.409
  • B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1334
LC item number
.Z33 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Chasing the last laugh : Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour, Richard Zacks
Link
9780385536448.jpg
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Joys of self-publishing -- Printing mogul -- Safe eggs and broken eggs -- The trials of Paige and Joan of Arc -- An odd homecoming -- Not enough time to curse -- Twain grilled, Livy burnt -- America: dry run for the world -- Traveling with a volcano -- Separation -- At sea -- Greetings, mate -- Cashing in on the platypus -- Maoriland -- Birthdays and longing -- To India -- Bombay! -- Eyes wide -- Rails, riches and elephants -- Holy cities -- The heart of the British Raj -- Himalayan joy ride -- Mutiny on the Ganges -- Feverish in the Pink City -- Dreams at sea -- Africa -- Reuniting the family -- Alone in London -- Helen Keller -- A London revival -- Charitable schemes -- Joys of payback -- Back in the game -- Homecoming
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385536448
Lccn
2015036843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40026013175
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)928136807
  • (OCoLC)ocn928136807
Label
Chasing the last laugh : Mark Twain's raucous and redemptive round-the-world comedy tour, Richard Zacks
Link
9780385536448.jpg
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Joys of self-publishing -- Printing mogul -- Safe eggs and broken eggs -- The trials of Paige and Joan of Arc -- An odd homecoming -- Not enough time to curse -- Twain grilled, Livy burnt -- America: dry run for the world -- Traveling with a volcano -- Separation -- At sea -- Greetings, mate -- Cashing in on the platypus -- Maoriland -- Birthdays and longing -- To India -- Bombay! -- Eyes wide -- Rails, riches and elephants -- Holy cities -- The heart of the British Raj -- Himalayan joy ride -- Mutiny on the Ganges -- Feverish in the Pink City -- Dreams at sea -- Africa -- Reuniting the family -- Alone in London -- Helen Keller -- A London revival -- Charitable schemes -- Joys of payback -- Back in the game -- Homecoming
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 450 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780385536448
Lccn
2015036843
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other control number
40026013175
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)928136807
  • (OCoLC)ocn928136807

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