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The Innocents Abroad
or, The New Pilgrims' Progress
Written by Mark Twain
Introduction by Jane Jacobs


The Innocents Abroad
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Category: Travel
Imprint: Modern Library
Format: Trade Paperback
Pub Date: February 2003
Price: $14.95
Can. Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6705-0 (0-8129-6705-4)
Pages: 560
Also available as an eBook.



 
The Innocents Abroad is one of the most prominent and influential travel books ever written about Europe and the Holy Land. In it, the collision of the American “New Barbarians” and the Euro-pean “Old World” provides much comic fodder for Mark Twain—and a remarkably perceptive lens on the human condition. Gleefully skewering the ethos of American tourism in Europe, Twain’s lively satire ultimately reveals just what it is that defines cultural identity. As Twain himself points out, “Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” And Jane Jacobs observes in her Introduction, “If the reader is American, he may also find himself on a tour of his own psyche.”

“A classic work . . . [that] marks a critical point in the development of our literature.” —Leslie A. Fiedler



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 
Jane Jacobs’s books include The Nature of Economies and The Death and Life of Great American Cities, both of which are available in Modern Library clothbound editions. She lives in Toronto.





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