The Innocents Abroad

Mark Twain (1835–1910)
The Innocents Abroad
New York: Oxford University Press, 1996

For me, the exhibition would be incomplete without Mark Twain’s The Innocents Abroad.
I first read the book when I was fourteen and have
reread it twice over the years. It played a seminal role in my craving to see the world, and I have been fortunate enough to make this happen in my life. As is typical, Twain’s powers of description are combined with wry mockery, dubbing an ignorant, know-it-all fellow traveler “The Oracle.”

Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and
things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little
corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.

—Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad

Caroline Higgins (member)
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