Roughing It Author:Mark Twain In his youth Mark Twain found himself adrift as a tenderfoot in the Wild West - working as a civil servant, gold prospector, reporter, and traveling lecturer. Roughing It is the inimitable record - fact and impression - of those early years. Twain tried his luck at anything and everything. He writes hilariously of his encounters with vigi... more »lantes; with Slade the Terrible, whose wife toted guns that blazed from under her petticoats; Brigham Young, the ambitious Morman leader; Hank Erickson, who wrote for advice on turnips to Horace Greeley and vowed revenge because he not decipher the latter's answer.
So we see Mark Twain, the playboy, the pioneer in letters, the strayed reveller, the leader of the herd, giving and taking with a hearty liberality, all inside the folk-feeling of his time, holding the American nation in the hollow of his hand.« less