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“Books Do Furnish A Room”*…


More “Books As Furniture” at Wretched Refuse (“Saving the world by fiddling with garbage”).

* Anthony Powell


As we reassure ourselves that there is, after all, redemption in stacking, we might recall that it was on this date in 1869 that Mark Twain published his account of his 1867 “Great Pleasure Excursion” aboard a retired Civil War ship, the chartered vessel Quaker City, through Europe and the Holy Land with a group of American travelers– The Innocents Abroad.  Masquerading as an ordinary travel book, it set Twain’s reputation as a humorous observer; it was his best-selling book during his lifetime, and one of the best-selling travel books of all time.



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July 20, 2013 at 1:01 am