The Wayward Tourist

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Melbourne University Publish, 2007 - Australia - 189 pages
At the height of his fame, Mark Twain, the great writer and humorist from Missouri, was facing financial ruin from one of his failed business ventures. Broke but much loved he embarked on a money-raising lecture tour around the equator, making a stop in Australia. The Wayward Tourist republishes Mark Twain's Australian travel writing in which he recounts impressions of Sydney ('God made the Harbor a but Satan made Sydney') and his view of Australian history ('[it reads] like the most beautiful lies'). In his introduction, Don Watson brilliantly pays homage to America's 'funny man' who brought his swagger, love of language and wicked talent for observation to our shores.
 

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Contents

New Startling Australia
1
Intemperance Everywhere
13
SydneyEnglish City with American Trimmings
19
A Large Dream
26
Cecil Rhodes Shark and His First Fortune
32
Bad HealthTo Melbourne
45
WaggaWaggaThe Tichborne Claimant
51
The Australian LarrikinIs He Dead?
58
Pudding with Arsenic Revenge
100
Dodging Balls
111
The Bird with a Forgettable Name
122
Ballarat and the Great Nuggets
130
The Mark Twain Club
139
The Conciliator
151
When the Moment Comes the Man Appears
164
A Parrot with an Acquired Taste
175

To Adelaide
66
Everything Comes to Him Who Waits
72
The Laughing Jackass
82
An Accurate Judgment of an Idiot
91
Afterword
183
Notes
188
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Don Watsonis the author of several books including the bestsellersRecollections of a Bleeding Heart- Paul Keating Prime Minister, Death Sentenceand Watson's Dictionary of Weasel Words.

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