Exhibit 1,865 (or so): The just-published coffee-table book Mark Twain's America, by Harry Katz and illustrated with a multitude of images from the Library of Congress. Sounds dusty, dry, and historical, right? Hardly!
Not only are the excerpts from Twain's writings as witty as you'd expect, but the window into a long-ago Western boom time gives, as always, an interesting perspective onto one's own, current golden age. But here, we'll let Mr. Clemens speak for himself in this quote from his 1872 book Roughing It:
*Excerpted from "Mark Twain’s America" by Harry Katz and the Library of Congress. Published in October 2014 by Little, Brown and Company. Copyright © 2014 by Harry Katz and the Library of Congress. All rights reserved. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Library of Congress.