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Chasing the Last Laugh - Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-world Comedy Tour-logo

Chasing the Last Laugh - Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round-the-world Comedy Tour

Richard Zacks

From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy-and revived his world-class sense of humor Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation's worst investors. "There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate," he wrote. "When he can't afford it and when he can." The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard. "I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it," she wrote. "I cannot get away from the feeling that business failure means disgrace." But Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the "platform" again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories-such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco-and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa. He rode an elephant twice and visited the Taj Mahal. He saw Zulus dancing and helped sort diamonds at the Kimberley mines. (He failed to slip away with a sparkly souvenir.) He played shuffleboard on cruise ships and battled captains for the right to smoke in peace. He complained that his wife and daughter made him shave and change his shirt every day. The great American writer fought off numerous illnesses and travel nuisances to circle the globe and earn a huge payday and a tidal wave of applause. Word of his

From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy-and revived his world-class sense of humor Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation's worst investors. "There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate," he wrote. "When he can't afford it and when he can." The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard. "I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it," she wrote. "I cannot get away from the feeling that business failure means disgrace." But Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the "platform" again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories-such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco-and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa. He rode an elephant twice and visited the Taj Mahal. He saw Zulus dancing and helped sort diamonds at the Kimberley mines. (He failed to slip away with a sparkly souvenir.) He played shuffleboard on cruise ships and battled captains for the right to smoke in peace. He complained that his wife and daughter made him shave and change his shirt every day. The great American writer fought off numerous illnesses and travel nuisances to circle the globe and earn a huge payday and a tidal wave of applause. Word of his
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From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain's late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy-and revived his world-class sense of humor Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation's worst investors. "There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate," he wrote. "When he can't afford it and when he can." The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard. "I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it," she wrote. "I cannot get away from the feeling that business failure means disgrace." But Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the "platform" again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories-such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco-and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa. He rode an elephant twice and visited the Taj Mahal. He saw Zulus dancing and helped sort diamonds at the Kimberley mines. (He failed to slip away with a sparkly souvenir.) He played shuffleboard on cruise ships and battled captains for the right to smoke in peace. He complained that his wife and daughter made him shave and change his shirt every day. The great American writer fought off numerous illnesses and travel nuisances to circle the globe and earn a huge payday and a tidal wave of applause. Word of his

Language:

English

Narrators:

George Guidall

Length:

16h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

00:17


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

04:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:21


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

07:56


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

06:32


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:19


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:11


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:47


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:58


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:06


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

07:59


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:35


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:41


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

07:50


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:21


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:18


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:45


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:50


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

08:11


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:08


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:30


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

08:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:46


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:12


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:14


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

07:01


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:18


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

08:16


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:21


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:52


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

08:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:17


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:42


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

07:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

07:48


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

08:30


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

07:38


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

07:18


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:28


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:43


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:56


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:53


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:07


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:37


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:37


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

08:04


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:05


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

07:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

07:03


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:04


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:42


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

08:56


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:49


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:49


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:46


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:21


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

08:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

08:30


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:04


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:03


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:19


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:35


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:38


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

08:53


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:38


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:45


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

08:13


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

08:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

07:54


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

07:56


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:53


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:26


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:40


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

06:16


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

08:48


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:07


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:15


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

08:26


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:33


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:25


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

08:22


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:57


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:59


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

08:41


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:09


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

08:37


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:03


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

06:08


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

07:52


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:37


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:24


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

07:28


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

07:44


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

07:32


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

04:53


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

04:48


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:34


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:23


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

03:22


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

06:38


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

08:25


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:22


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

03:25


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:55


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

05:16


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:56


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

06:03


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:35


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

08:34


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

08:08


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

08:50


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

07:01


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

08:34


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

07:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:58


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

05:51


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

08:12


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

06:46


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

08:45


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

08:29


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

08:46


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

07:13


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:01


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

08:30


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

08:39


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

05:21


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:41


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

08:02


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

03:32


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

00:31