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Following the Equator

Following the Equator

by Mark Twain
Following the Equator

Following the Equator

by Mark Twain



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Mark Twain enjoyed immense public popularity during his lifetime, and was already one the best-known authors in America when, in 1895, he set out on a worldwide lecture tour, undertaken to help him recover from bankruptcy following the failure of his publishing company. Starting in Paris, he journeyed across America to Vancouver, and thence, via Hawaii and Fiji, to Australia and New Zealand, in both of which countries he travelled widely. At the end of the year, he sailed from Sydney to Colombo, and became captivated by the Indian sub-continent, its people and their customs. Arriving in South Africa four months after the Jameson Raid, he had ample opportunity to employ his acerbic wit on the deteriorating relationship between the British and the Afrikaaners. Following the Equator is the fifth and most interesting of Twain’s travel narratives, and the one that most bears out the declaration that he once wrote to his mother: “I am wild with impatience to move – move – Move!”

Stanfords Travel Classics feature some of the finest historical travel writing in the English language, with authors hailing from both sides of the Atlantic. Every title has been reset in a contemporary typeface to create a series that every lover of fine travel literature will want to collect and keep.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940000736142
Publisher: B&R Samizdat Express
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 801,762
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in Florida, Missouri, in 1835. Though he quit school at age 12, his contributions to literature would later earn him honorary degrees from Oxford University and Yale University. Twain first found international success with the publication of his humorous short story “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Widely considered the father of American literature, he wrote 28 books—including the classic novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—and numerous short stories. He died in Redding, Connecticut, in 1910.

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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