Life on the mississippi 1883 is a memoir by mark twain of his days as a steamboat pilot on the mississippi river before the american civil war and also a travel book recounting his trip along the mississippi river from st louis to new orleans many years after the war. It was from this background that life on the mississippi emerged it is an epochal record of americas growth a stirring remembrance of her vanished past it is an epochal record of americas growth a stirring remembrance of her vanished past. The mississippi is well worth reading about it is not a commonplace river but on the contrary is in all ways remarkable considering the missouri its main branch it is the longest river in the world four thousand three hundred miles. 1883 this is twains memoir of his youthful years as a cub pilot on a steamboat on the mississippi river twain used his childhood experiences growing up along the mississippi in a number of works including the adventures of tom sawyer and the adventures of huckleberry finn but nowhere is the river and the pilots life more thoroughly described than in this work. Life on the mississippi is a memoir of twains personal experiences as a steamboat pilot on the mississippi river as a boy he talks his way onto the paul jones a steamer where he pays the
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