Publisher description for Life on the Mississippi / Mark Twain ; foreword, Shelley Fisher Fishkin ; introduction, Willie Morris ; afterword, Lawrence Howe.

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Part travel book, part autobiography, and part social commentary, Life on the Mississippi is a memoir of the cub pilot's apprenticeship, a record of Twain's return to the river and to Hannibal as an adult, a meditation on the harsh vagaries of nature, and a study of the varied and sometimes violent activities engaged in by those who live on the river's shores. As Willie Morris notes in his introduction, it "is written with the flamboyance and affecting precision of a craftsman." Life on the Mississippi explores how a child learns to be an adult, and how an adult learns to understand what it was to be a child. It is a book about the South, about memory, about change, and, of course, about the Mississippi River and the world through which it snakes. "When the life of the river is rendered with Twain's brand of wry skepticism," writes Lawrence Howe in his afterword, "the Mississippi is, indeed, well worth reading about."

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Homes and haunts -- Mississippi River Valley.
Authors, American -- Homes and haunts -- Mississippi River Valley.
Mississippi River Valley -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Travel -- Mississippi River Valley.
Authors, American -- 19th century -- Biography.
Mississippi River Valley -- Social life and customs.
Mississippi River -- Description and travel.
Pilots and pilotage -- Mississippi River.