The Innocents Abroad

By Mark Twain; Leslie Feidler (Afterword by); Michael Meyer (Introduction by)
(Signet Classics, Mass Market Paperbound, 9780451530493, 532pp.)

Publication Date: April 2007

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Description
One of the most famous travel books ever written by an American, "The Innocents Abroad "is Mark Twain's irreverent and incisive commentary on nineteenth century Americans encountering the Old World. Come along for the ride as Twain and his unsuspecting travel companions visit the Azores, Tangiers, Paris, Rome, the Vatican, Genoa, Gibraltar, Odessa, Constantinople, Cairo, the Holy Land and other locales renowned in history. No person or place is safe from Twain's sharp wit as it impales both the conservative and the liberal, the Old World and the New. He uses these contrasts to find out who we as Americans are, notes Leslie A. Fiedler. But his travelogue demonstrates that, in our attempt to understand ourselves, we must first find out what we are "not."
With an Introduction Michael Meyer and an Afterword by Leslie A. Fiedler.



About the Author
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), best known to the world by his pen-name Mark Twain, was an author and humorist, noted for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), which has been called "the Great American Novel," and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876, among many others.



Michael Meyer first went to China in 1995 with the Peace Corps. A Lowell Thomas Award winner for travel writing, Meyer has published stories in "Time," "Smithsonian," the "New York Times Book Review," the "Financial Times," "Reader's Digest," the "Los Angeles Times," and the "Chicago Tribune," In China, he has represented the National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations, training China's UNESCO World Heritage Site managers in preservation practices. "The Last Days of Old Beijing" is his first book.
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