The Innocents Abroad Author:Mark Twain Inside dust jacket: — Innocents Abroad, published in 1869, and based on Mark Twain's popular letters to several newspapers about his journeys through Europe, Egypt, and The Holy Land, made the writer rich and famous. — Here is Mark Twain riding muleback up the rocks of Gibralter. Her the citizens of Hannibal, MO is awed by Versailles: "I used to ... more »abuse Louis XIV for spending two hundred millions of dollars in creating this narvelous park, when bread was so scarce with some of his subjects; but I have forgiven him now."
Taking the measure of Michelangelo-"great in everything he undertook"=Twain nonetheless says, "I do not want Michel Angelo for breakfast-for lunch-for dinner-for tea-for supper-for between meals. In Florence he painted everything, designed everything, nearly, and what he did not design he used to sit on a favorite stone and look at, and they showed us the stone. In Pisa he designed everything but the old shottower, and they would have attributed that to him if it had not been so awfully out of the perpendicular."
The portrait of the overwhelmed tourist in Innocents Abroad is one that every reader will recognize. But the book's deeper contrast between European and American temperaments has an enduring and provocative resonance.« less