Books: Innocent Abroad

MARK TWAIN'S LETTERS FROM HAWAII edited by A. Grove Day. 298 pages. Appleton-Century. $5.95.

In 1866, when he toured the Hawaiian Islands, Mark Twain planted a monkeypod tree which lived to a great age and developed to enormous proportions. What he did for the tree he also did for his career. When Twain sailed for Honolulu as a South Pacific correspondent for the powerful, popular Sacramento Union, his literary reputation rested uncertainly on one widely read newspaper story: "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County." When he returned to California four months later,...

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