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Mark Twain may be best known for his fictional novels, but he also loved to write about his own personal life experience. Roughing It chronicles his travels and adventures exploring the American West with his brother from 1861-1867. Twain experimented with many jobs along the way, working as a gold prospector, a real estate speculator, a reporter, and as a lecturer. It is a hilarious memoir of his youth, an interesting view into the Wild West, and a book that starts to showcase his talents around great story telling. One of the more interesting part is his visit with Mormon leader Brigham Young. Twain actually wrote Roughing It in 1872 after seeing the success of his first travelogue, Innocents Abroad, which was published in 1869.
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THE PREFACE TO ROUGHING IT
"This book is merely a personal narrative, and not a pretentious history or a philosophical dissertation. It is a record of several years of variegated vagabondizing, and its object is rather to help the resting reader while away an idle hour than afflict him with metaphysics, or goad him with science. Still, there is information in the volume; information concerning an interesting episode in the history of the Far West, about which no books have been written by persons who were on the ground in person, and saw the happenings of the time with their own eyes. I allude to the rise, growth and culmination of the silver-mining fever in Nevada -a curious episode, in some respects; the only one, of its peculiar kind, that has occurred in the land; and the only one, indeed, that is likely to occur in it. Yes, take it all around, there is quite a good deal of information in the book. I regret this very much; but really it could not be helped: information appears to stew out of me naturally, like the precious otter of roses out of the otter. Sometimes it has seemed to me that I would give worlds if I could retain my facts; but it cannot be. The more I calk up the sources, and the tighter I get, the more I leak wisdom. Therefore, I can only claim indulgence at the hands of the reader, not justification."
- Mark Twain, introduction to Roughing It