Mark Twain the Celebrated Traveler settles in Buffalo
Was he really so Innocent?
The first of Mark Twain’s popular travel books, The Innocents Abroad, was exposing the itinerant author to a broader audience just as he married Olivia Langdon and settled in Buffalo in February 1870 to co-edit the Buffalo Express newspaper. The book chronicles Twain’s 163-day tour of Europe and the Holy Land aboard the ship Quaker City in 1867. Written as travel correspondence and printed in installments in the San Francisco newspaper, the Alta California, which sponsored the trip, the entire collection was re-edited and published in book form in July of 1869. It quickly became a runaway hit, selling over 70,000 copies in its first year of release. It would remain the best selling of all Twain’s books in his lifetime, and one of the best-selling travel books of all time. Presented here are various editions of the book, including the first printing, and excerpts from the major literary journals that published some of the earliest reviews.