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Samuel Clemens

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 Stereographic portrait of Mark Twain circa 1907. From Library of Congress , Underwood and Underwood collection. Happy Birthday to Mark Twain ---nee Samuel Langhorne Clemens---who was born in Florida, Missouri, on this day in 1835. To celebrate, here's the printer's-apprentice-turned-...