Down under with Mark Twain

In Following the Equator: A Journey Around the World (1897), Mark Twain recalls visiting Australia, where he noted the strange names of local communities. Continue reading Down under with Mark Twain

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Mark Twain on the fire and passion of an ice storm

Mark Twain’s travel tales – most of them genuine, some apocryphal – deserve to be better known. In Following the Equator: A Journey around the World (1897), he marvels at nature and civilization while lampooning racism, imperialism, and missionary zeal. Interspersed are fictional stories and marvellous descriptive passages – such as the one about an American ice storm. Continue reading Mark Twain on the fire and passion of an ice storm