This comic narrative is based on Twain's six years of "variegated vagabonding" in the American West at the height of silver-mining fever. Twain's naive narrator, after immersion in the rough and practical American West, becomes educated in the ways of the world. Twain's perennial theme of the outsider trying to fit into a society that is alien to him is articulated for the first time in this 1872 book.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: General, Literary Genres + Types of Novels