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Publisher: Hesperus Press. Country: United Kingdom. Date: 2008-now.


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On the Wild West
by Mark Twain
Hesperus Press, 2015 (On Series)
Paperback.

Book blurb
"The latest in Hesperus’s ‘On’ series comes from master travel writer Mark Twain and concentrates on his journey through America’s Wild West, tapping into the perennial interest in this period in history.

From 1861 to 1867, a young Mark Twain travelled through the Wild West. Following an abortive foray into a career as a Confederate Cavalry man he opted instead to head off on a stagecoach road trip with his brother Orion, who had just been appointed Secretary of Nevada Territory.

Twain sets out on an epic voyage from Missouri to Sacramento. He will visit Salt Lake City, witness the beginning of the real estate boom and try his hand at silver mining in Nevada. Travelling in turn by boat, train and coach, through mountains and deserts, he comes across Native Americans, visits a Mormon village and becomes stranded in a snowstorm. Discovering a land in the grasp of a boom and bust mentality, Twain is caught up in the lust for instant wealth which remains always tantalisingly close. Priceless anecdotes detail the amusing mishaps and bad judgement calls that ensure that the author’s riches are kept at arm’s length.

Even at this early stage of his budding career, Twain's trademark humor is visible, as no one is safe from Twain's wit. Train drivers, coachmen, fellow passengers, and locals all become victims of the author's pen as he hones his trade."


ON SERIES (HESPERUS PRESS)
Series Note: "On… series, collections of short pieces of non-fiction by the world's greatest thinkers as well as the best essays and cultural studies from Jonathan Swift, Jack London and Edgar Allan Poe." -- Hesperus Press page about the On Series

Arranged alphabetically by title

On the Art of Making Up One's Mind
by Jerome K. Jerome
Foreword by Joseph Connolly
2009

On Cocaine
by Sigmund Freud
Translated by David Carter
2011

On Death
by John Donne
Foreword by Edward Docx
2008

On Deception
by Harry Houdini
Foreword by Derren Brown
2009

On the Elgin Marbles
by William Hazlitt
Foreword by Tom Paulin
2008

On the End of the World
by Joseph Roth
Translated by Will Stone [William Stone]
2013

On Europe
by Mark Twain
2013

On Fiction
by Virginia Woolf
2011

On Genius [On Genius and the Common Man]
by John Ruskin
Foreword by Melvyn Bragg
2011

On London
by Charles Dickens
Edited by Peter Orford
2010

On Love
by Stendhal
Foreword by A. C. Greyling
Translated by Sophie Lewis
2009

On Melancholy
by Robert Burton
2013

On Not Knowing Greek
by Virginia Woolf
2008

On the Orient
by Rudyard Kipling
2014

On Paris
by Ernest Hemingway
2010

On Poverty
by Charles Dickens
Edited by Pete Orford
2013

On Provence
by Henry James
2014

On Reading
by Marcel Proust and John Ruskin
Foreword by Eric Karpeles
Translation by Damion Searls
2011

On the Subjugation of Women
by John Stuart Mill
Foreword by Fay Weldon
2008

On Theatre
by Charles Dickens
Foreword by Sir Richard Eyre
Edited by Peter Orford
2011

On Travel
by Charles Dickens
Edited by Pete Orford
2009

On Tremendous Trifles
by G. K. Chesterton
Foreword by Ben Schott
2009

On the Unexplained
by Arthur Conan Doyle
2013

On War
by Bernard Shaw; J P Wearing
Foreword by Philip Pullman
2009

On the Wild West
by Mark Twain
2015

On Wine and Hashish
by Charles Baudelaire
Foreword by Margaret Drabble
Translated by Andrew Brown
2009


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