Traveling Through Europe with Mark Twain

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Traveling Through Europe with Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s travel book, Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrim’s Progress, was written by Twain over the course of several weeks as he traveled through Europe and onto Israel in the Middle East in the middle of the nineteenth century. Published in 1869, Twains book of travels is humorous and irreverent; it makes fun of his fellow travelers, as well as many of the cities, monuments, and historical figures he saw and learned about first-hand on his lengthy travels. Because Twain visited Europe in the 1860s, there are many differences between his experiences of the culture on the continent and contemporary experiences of Europe. At the same time, however, many of Twain’s observations are still relevant...
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.....which Twain traveled. Twain could not take completely seriously the celebration of wealthy historical figures during his day, because he believed their wealth was based in greed and exploitation; he did not appreciate the work they were able to help fund because he saw them as too ostentatious and about their wealth rather than about true beauty and art. Today’s European traveler, however, expects to see such historical works in the cities they visit, and in large part are grateful for their continued conservation and preservation, so that they last long into the future.
Works Cited
Twain, Mark. Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrim’s Progress. 1869. Retrieved 26 November 2011, <http://etext.virginia.edu/railton/innocent/iahompag.html>