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The Innocents Abroad

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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 European “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.”

The exhibition Mark Twain and the Holy Land (October 25, 2019 – February 2, 2020) commemorates the 150th anniversary of one of the best-selling travelogues of all time, The Innocents Abroad, as it illuminates Mark Twain’s fabled journey and explores his and other Americans’ perceptions of the Holy Land in the postbellum era.

  • 560 pages
  • 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • paperback
  • by Jane Jacobs
ITEM NUMBER: 19378

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