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Literature in English, North America

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1987

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Mark Twain's Roughing It: A Humorist's Darker Side, Joseph Yokelson Jan 1987

Mark Twain's Roughing It: A Humorist's Darker Side, Joseph Yokelson

Bridgewater Review

Roughing It was based rather roughly on a period of Twain’s life that began in 1861, when Twain went west with his brother Orion. Orion had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada territory with the help of friend who had a friend in Lincoln’s new cabinet. Twain had just faded quietly out of the Confederate army after suffering from boils and a sprained ankle and never firing a shot. For a while out west, Twain prospected for silver around Virginia City; then for about two years he was a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1864 ...