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Author Twain, Mark, 1835-1910, author.

Title Following the equator : a journey around the world / by Mark Twain (Samuel L. Clemens) ; in two volumes.

Publication Info. New York ; London : Harper & Brothers Publishers, [1899]


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Edition Author's national edition.
Description 2 volumes (755 pages), 5 leaves of plates : illustrations, frontispieces, portraits ; 20 cm.
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Series The writings of Mark Twain ; v. 5-6
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Works. 1869-1909 ; v. 5-6.
Writings of Mark Twain ; v. 5-6.
Note "This is the authorized uniform edition of all my books. Mark Twain"--Facsimile inscription on verso of half-title.
Contents Volume 5 The party -- Change of costume -- Honolulu -- Leaving Honolulu -- A lesson in pronunciation -- Missionaries obstruct business -- The Fiji Islands -- A wilderness of islands -- Australia -- The discovery of Australia -- Hospitality of English-speakers -- Mr. X., a missionary -- Public works in Australasia -- To Melbourne by rail -- Waga-wagga -- Melbourne and the attractions -- The British Empire -- Gum trees -- Public gardens of Adelaide -- A caller -- The "Weet-weet" -- Aboriginals continued -- Horsham -- Road to Ballarat -- Bound for Bendigo -- Where New Zealand is -- The South Pole swell -- When the monument comes the man appears -- Tasmania, early days -- At Bluff, N.Z. -- The express train -- Town of Christ Church -- The town of Nelson -- Bay of Gisborne -- Fifty miles in four hours -- Poems of Mrs. Moore.
Volume 6 Off for Ceylon -- Steamer Rosetta to Bombay -- God Vishnu, 108 names -- Government house at Malabar Point -- A Jain temple -- A Hindoo betrothal, sleepers on the ground -- Murder trial in Bombay -- Official thug book -- Elephant riding -- The Thugs -- Thugs, continued -- Off for Allahabad -- Pajamas -- On the road -- Benares a religious temple -- Working for salvation -- Visit to Sri 108, a living god -- Rail to Calcutta -- Across country -- On the road again -- India, the land of wonders -- The great mutiny -- A visit to the residency -- To Lahore -- Methods of American public schools -- From Calcutta to Madras -- Port Louis -- Steamer "Arundel Castle" -- Durban hotels -- Jameson's defeat and capture -- Jameson's raid -- Cecil Rhodes -- The Kimberley diamond mines -- Table rock.
Summary As America's finest writer, Mark Twain could make entertaining reading -- and great literature -- out of almost anything. Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to investing heavily into ill-advised schemes. So, in 1895 at age 60, he undertook a two-year round-the-world lecture tour, in which he circumnavigated the globe via steamship, including stops at the Hawaiian Islands, Australia, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, India, South Africa and elsewhere. He describes a rich range of experiences -- visiting a leper colony in Hawaii, shark fishing in Australia, tiger hunting, diamond mining in South Africa, and riding the rails in India. The personalities of the ship's crew and passengers, the poetry of Australian place-names and the success of women's suffrage in New Zealand, among other topics, are the focus of his wry humor and redoubtable powers of observation. An evocative and highly unique American portrait of nineteenth-century travel and custom, this book has a serious thread running through it, recording Twain's observations of the mistreatments and miseries of mankind.
Subject Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 -- Travel.
Voyages around the world -- 19th century.
Voyages and travels.
Equator -- Description and travel.
Hawaii -- Description and travel.
Fiji -- Description and travel.
Australia -- Description and travel.
New Zealand -- Description and travel.
India -- Description and travel.
South Africa -- Description and travel.
Genre/Form Travel writing.
Added Author Harper & Brothers, publisher.
Other Form: Online version: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910. Following the equator. Author's national edition. New York and London : Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1899 (OCoLC)727630786

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