06/07/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Mark Twain House Survives By Following Twain's Example, Despite Financial Trouble

From 1874 until 1891, Mark Twain lived in an ornate Gothic Revival mansion in Hartford, Conn., where he wrote his most enduring masterpieces, including "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn." The house was purchased by preservationists in 1929, designated a National Historic Landmark in 1963, and largely restored in the 1970s. But in 2008, five years after the construction of a ruinously expensive Museum Center, the Mark Twain House & Museum faced mounting debts and the prospect of closing its doors.

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