Following the Equator

Following the Equator

And Anti-imperialist Essays

Book - 1996
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In 1895, bankrupted by his investments in the doomed Paige typesetter and by the collapse of his publishing house, sixty-year-old Mark Twain was forced to embark on a world lecture tour to raise money to pay his growing debts. Following the Equator, Twain's final travel book, was the result. His readers circumnavigate the globe with one of the world's most entertaining travel companions--to Honolulu and the Fiji Islands, Sydney and Melbourne, Tasmania, Ceylon, Bombay, Calcutta, Cape Town and Johannesburg. Twain blends whimsical anecdote, sharp-eyed commentary, and serious social critique, assailing the contempt of whites for native traditions, and noting the striking similarity between slavery and the colonial experience. In "To the Person Sitting in Darkness" and "King Leopold's Soliloquy," also included in this volume, Twain strips the imperialist powers naked and bears eloquent witness to the unspeakable crimes they perpetrate in the name of what he calls the "Blessings-of-Civilization Trust."
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, c1996
ISBN: 9780195101515
0195101510
9780195090888
0195090888
9780195114195
0195114191
9780195113457
0195113454
Characteristics: xl, 712, [101] p. : ill. ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: Anti-imperialist essays

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