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Mark Twain's 'imaginative interpretation' of his experience as a prospector, miner, journalist in the West in Nevada, California, and the Sandwich Islands, and finally as a lecturer in 1866. It was in the West that Twain found and eventually accepted his vocation as a humorist and teller of tall tales.
Korinek shows that rather than promoting domestic perfection, Chatelaine did not cling to the stereotypes of the era, but instead forged ahead, providing women with a variety of images, ideas, and critiques of women's role in society.
Embarking on a wilderness challenge with their fellow Yellowjackets, greenhorn volunteers Ben Verga and Gordon McKittrick are soon lost and in trouble, a situation that is complicated when they discover a kidnapper's hideaway. Original.
First published in 1852, and in its third edition by 1854, this description of pioneer immigrant life in Canada by Susanna Moodie (1803-85) is unsentimental and frank. In contrast to similar works, which often seem to be advertisements aimed at potential immigrants, Moodie's book emphasises not only the triumphs but also the tribulations as she and her family begin their new lives. Initially criticised in Canada for painting an unflattering picture of the country, it was later recognised as a key work of early Canadian literature, and has influenced writers up to the present day. The family left England reluctantly, as Moodie (née Strickland) makes clear in the introduction to Volume 1. She chronicles their early struggles and describes the characters of the people they encounter, particularly their troublesome 'Yankee' neighbours. Writing with honesty, clarity, humour and a journalistic immediacy, she provides a fascinating insight into the country's infancy.

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