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Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad Illustration by Evan Robertson

"Dance as wildly, as noisily, as furiously as you can." - Mark Twain

Apparently, long before it had become a quaint cultural cliché, the can-can was absolutely shocking. Twain gasped! He protested! He clutched his pearls! But he wasn't fooling anyone. We know it was all in good fun, and that deep down he loved it. Deep down, he knew that the wild jubilance of the can-can perfectly reflected the spirit of travel that put him on a boat to Europe in the first place. 

In our Toulouse-Lautrec inspired illustration, three dancers flash their petticoats, the folds of which form a map of Parisian landmarks visited in the book. A train circumnavigates the hem of the dress.

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Mark Twain The Innocents Abroad Illustration by Obvious State

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