Mark Twain: Roughing It

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  • Max Lester Loges

Roughing It, Mark Twain’s second major work, covers a period of his life stretching from the summer of 1861 until his return to the East in December of 1866. The journey west was brought about by the election of Abraham Lincoln and the beginning of the Civil War. With the opening of the hostilities, the Mississippi was closed to commercial navigation and Sam Clemens lost his $3000 a year job piloting steamboats on the river. Lincoln’s election, however, brought political patronage to Sam’s older brother Orion, who had worked in Lincoln’s campaign. He was appointed secretary to Nevada’s territorial governor. Sam, who had recently engaged in an unpleasant three-week campaign in the Confederate Army, …

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Loges, Max Lester. "Roughing It". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 December 2010
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