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More Tramps Abroad – Mark Twain (1898)

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More Tramps Abroad – Mark Twain (1898)

SG$62.00

Title: More Tramps Abroad (Following the Equator)

Author: Mark Twain

Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London, 1898. Fourth edition.

Condition: Hardcover, embossed boards. Good. Some wear and scraping to boards, tanned pages, deckle edges. Binding tight, text unmarked. Inscription to patterned endpapers. 487pp., excluding publisher’s catalogue dated 1900.

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Following the Equator (sometimes titled More Tramps Abroad) is a non-fiction social commentary in the form of a travelogue published by Mark Twain in 1897.

Twain was practically bankrupt in 1894 due to investing heavily into the failed Paige Compositor. In an attempt to extricate himself from debt of $100,000 (equivalent of about $2.5 million in 2010) he undertook a tour of the British Empire in 1895 at age 60, a route chosen to provide numerous opportunities for lectures in English.

American songwriter Jimmy Buffett mentions the book in his songs “Take Another Road” and “That’s What Living Is To Me”.

The book is a social commentary, critical of racism towards blacks, Asians, and Indigenous groups; oppressive imperialism in the British Empire; and religious intolerance through missionary efforts.

Although this social commentary is the great import of the book, it is notable that Twain also included a number of fictional stories in the body of what is otherwise a non-fiction work.