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Armchair travels with Mark Twain…and others

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Mark Twain, 1871 (Matthew Brady, photographer)

On July 20, 1869, Mark Twain, aka Samuel L. Clemens, published his second book, Innocents Abroad; Or, the New Pilgrim’s Progress. ┬áThis travel memoir became Twain’s most popular book during his lifetime.

Although it lacks the enduring recognition of Huckleberry Finn, Twain’s account of travels through Europe and the Middle East appealed to would-be travelers in the rising American middle class of the Gilded Age.

Travel memoirs remain a popular genre. Why not take an armchair voyage of your own this summer?