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Mark Twain Revisited

Mark Twain Revisited

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Mark Twain RevisitedByDuncan L. Dieterly
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri. He diedseventy-five years later on April 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut. He was a celebratedinternationally acclaimed American author andhumoristwho preferred the pen nameof Mark  Twain
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Twain is widely known for his novels
(1884), and
(1876) as well as his travel writings like,
 Innocents Abroad 
(1869)and other fiction books;
 Prince and the Pauper 
(1882). Even today, his witty remarks are stillextensively quoted. For example: “In discarding the monkey and substituting man, our Father inHeaven did the monkey an undeserved injustice.”, from -
Mark Twain's Autobiography; Mark Twain in Eruption.
Twain was one of the first American mega-writers who mingled withpresidents,artists,industrialists, and European royalty. He also was instrumental in getting President US Grant’sautobiography published.Twain was a popular speaker, and his keen wit and incisive satire earned praise from bothcritics and peers. Upon his death, he was lauded as the "greatest American humorist of his age."Both Ernest Hemmingway andWilliam Faulkner considered Twain to be the father of American literature.His place in American literature is secure but it appears that the current academicanalyzers will not let him rest in peace. Recently there was an article about an new book,
Mark Twain’s Other Woman: The Hidden Story of his Final Years
by Laura Skandera Trombly thatreflects negatively on him in terms of a relationship he had with a former personal assistant,Isabel Van Kleek Lyon. It is based on an unpublished four hundred and fifty page manuscriptthat he wrote about her which apparently savaged her reputation, produced allegedly slowly to beused as a blackmail tool to protect his families secrets if required.In addition, there was another article indicating that the city fathers of Hannibal, Missouriare busy boosting their town and coffers by having a centennial celebration of the 100
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Helen Winslow Black added this note
Thanks Duncan. I've noticed that Mark Twain enthusiasts abound in the Scribd writer's community, and for good reason. We cut our teeth on him, we're reading him now, and will still be reading this our fellow author when we're gumming. Okay. So. And I bet most share my feeling that those folks sodesperately ISO Ph.D. dissertation topics would just LET MY PEOPLE GO

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