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Mark Twain

Caricature of Mark Twain on the Mississippi River by John Sherffius If you could have a drink with any writer, living or dead, who would it be? It’s not a new question per se (in fact we put it to the public at last year’s National Book Festival ), but it never really gets old. I am often guilty of...
Readers at a Mark Twain event in Richmondtown, Staten Island. Photo by Jennifer Hsu/WNYC Earlier this year, in order to attract a fresh audience to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , Big Read grantee Staten Island OutLOUD organized an innovative series of Mark Twain happenings, including "Make a Raft,...
By Ben Strand, Development Director, Young Auditorium at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Mark Twain circa 1907. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress On April 21 at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Tony Award-winning actor Hal Holbrook performed as Mark Twain in the one-man show Mark...
Emily Dickinson – Her True Self from Flash Rosenberg on Vimeo . Flash Rosenberg is a visual artist, photographer, performing artist, writer, and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow. She often signs her name with exclamation points and cares for three pet turtles that she rescued from a soup pot in Chinatown...
White Heat book cover. Book cover courtesy of the Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley When I think of Mark Twain, three bushy/unruly images come to mind: white mustache, white eyebrows, and white Einstein hair. But now, having worked on The Adventures of Tom...
The new USPS Forever stamp featuring Mark Twain. Image by Gregory Manchess Even though summer is basically over, Mark Twain and his ?hymn to American boyhood?--- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ---lives on. Tom Sawyer and his wild adventures remind us just how precious the freedoms of childhood and...
Washington, DC Photo used courtesy of The Mark Twain House and Museum. Yesterday, in 1835, a star was born. A rock star that is. Mark Twain (aka Samuel Clemens) is a wonderfully complex American figure whose fame / notoriety is second to none. But it's not often we hear he was America's first "rock...
Washington, DC Mark Twain (born Samuel Clemens, 1835-1910), photo courtesy of The Mark Twain House and Museum ? What is the most rigorous law of our being? Growth. No smallest atom of our moral, mental, or physical structure can stand still a year. In other words, we change and must change...
Washington, DC The townspeople of Mark Twain's fictional St. Petersburg, Missouri, " talked back" during a Big Read event hosted by Satsuma Public Library. Satsuma is one of the many libraries participating in Alabama's statewide read of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . Photo courtesy of Mary Ann...
Washington, DC "Sunny South" lithograph by Calvert Lithograph and Engraving Co. circa 1883 from Library of Congress collection Born into a literary family, Anne Fadiman is an acclaimed writer, scholar, editor, and teacher. She won the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1997 for The Spirit...

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