A TRAMP ABROAD is a work of travel literature , including a mixture
of autobiography and fictional events, by American author
Mark Twain ,
published in 1880. The book details a journey by the author, with his
friend Harris (a character created for the book, and based on his
Joseph Twichell ), through central and southern Europe
. While the stated goal of the journey is to walk most of the way, the
men find themselves using other forms of transport as they traverse
the continent. The book is the third of Mark Twain's five travel books
and is often thought to be an unofficial sequel to the first one, The
Innocents Abroad .
As the two men make their way through Germany, the
Alps , and Italy,
they encounter situations made all the more humorous by their
reactions to them. The narrator (Twain) plays the part of the American
tourist of the time, believing that he understands all that he sees,
but in reality understanding none of it.
* 1 Plot
* 2 Illustrations
* 3 See also
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The first half of the book covers their stay in south-western Germany
Mannheim , a trip on the
Black Forest ). The second part describes his travels through
Switzerland and eastern France (
Geneva ). The end of the book covers his trip through
several cities in northern Italy (
Rome ). Several
other cities are touched and described during their travels, as well
as mountains such as
Matterhorn , the
Jungfrau , the Rigi-Kulm and
Interleaved with the narration,
Mark Twain inserted also stories not
related to the trip, such as Bluejay Yarn, The Man who put up at
Gadsby's and others; as well as many German Legends, partly invented
by the author himself.
Six appendices are included in the book. They are short essays
dedicated to different topics. The role of The Portier in European
hotels and how they make their living, a description of Heidelberg
Castle , an essay on College Prisons in Germany, "The Awful German
Language ", a humorous essay on German language, a short story called
"The Legend of the Castle" and finally a satirical description of
Mark Twain at work (by
True Williams )
The book contains 328 illustrations, which contribute to the humor in
the book, mainly done by artists Walter Francis Brown, True W.
Williams , Benjamin Henry Day and William Wallace Denslow. Adaptations
of previously published works by James Carter Beard, Roswell Morse
Shurtleff and Edward Whymper are also included, as well as Mark
Twain's own drawings.
The Awful German Language
* ^ Facsimile of the original 1st edition .
* ^ A B R. Kent Rasmussen (2007). Critical companion to Mark Twain:
a literary reference to his life and work. New York: Facts on File.
ISBN 0-8160-5398-7 .