Tramping Abroad with Twain

Jane Wood, chair of the English Department at Park University, served as armchair travel guide for many Mark Twain fans on Monday, February 9, when she presented her program "A Not So Innocent Abroad: The Travels of Mark Twain."

Travel writing has many proponents, according to Jane. Merchants, explorers, captives, castaways, even pirates and scientists, all recorded their exploits for future generations to enjoy.

Jane took attendees on a brief tour of the history of travel writing and Twain's own scribblings, from his depictions of 'ugly Americans' to painstaking descriptions of people, land, and rituals in far away countries that many of Twain's readers would never see.

Travel was very important to Mark Twain. He believed he had to travel in order to understand himself and the world. Travel is a recurring them in almost all of his works, whether its down the Mississippi, back in time to King Arthur's Court, or exploring the Holy Land.

Look for the next program about Twain and His Times here.