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Cindy Lovell
Cindy Lovell is the executive director of the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. She previously served as the executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum in Hannibal, Missouri. She holds a B.A. and M.A. from Stetson University and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. She has held tenured faculty positions at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and Quincy University in Quincy, Illinois. She founded and directed the HATS (High Achieving Talented Students) Program at Stetson.

A consummate hooky player who fell in love with Tom Sawyer in the fourth grade, Lovell later dropped out of high school. She has published two children's novels, Rachel Mason Hears the Sound and Not This Sunday and has authored dozens of articles, textbook chapters, and essays. She has taught numerous writing workshops, founded and directed the Mark Twain Young Authors workshops, was a contributing editor for the Mensa Research Journal for seven years, and co-directed the Mark Twain Teacher Workshops at the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum. She has presented keynote addresses and educator workshops at various conferences and presented at Big Read events for communities reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Lovell co-authored Down the Mississippi with CNN iReporter Neal Moore. In 2011, she wrote and co-produced with Grammy Award-winner Carl Jackson Mark Twain: Words & Music, a double-CD telling Twain's life in spoken word and song, featuring Jimmy Buffett, Garrison Keillor, Clint Eastwood, Emmylou Harris, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Bradley Walker, Carl Jackson, The Church Sisters, Angela Lovell, Sheryl Crow, Brad Paisley, Marty Raybon, Val Storey, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, and Ricky Skaggs.

In 2015, Lovell wrote the narrative for Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, a double-CD benefit for the Birthplace of Country Music Museum. The CD features Eddie Stubbs as narrator; singers include Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Emmylou Harris, Marty Stuart, Dolly Parton, Ashley Monroe, The Shotgun Rubies, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, Vince, Keb' Mo', The Church Sisters, Corbin Hayslett, Brad Paisley, Carl Jackson, Ashley & Shannon Campbell, Sheryl Crow, Larry Cordle and the Virginia Luthiers, Jesse McReynolds, and The Chuck Wagon Gang.

Lovell has been a contributor to The Huffington Post since 2010.
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Entries by Cindy Lovell

10 Signs That You May Be a Twainiac

(4) Comments | Posted January 14, 2016 | 1:12 PM

"An American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person he generally selects Mark Twain." - Thomas Edison
Mark Twain was the most famous and beloved American during his lifetime, and his popularity continues to...

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Coins for Clemens: Collaborative Fundraising for Mark Twain

(0) Comments | Posted June 5, 2015 | 1:55 PM


"The lack of money is the root of all evil." -- Mark Twain

Four nonprofit institutions committed to preserving the legacy of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known more famously as Mark Twain, collaborated with Congress (one of Mark Twain's favorite...

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Mark Twain American Voice in Literature Award

(0) Comments | Posted May 28, 2015 | 1:56 PM

On the whole, it is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them. -Mark Twain

Mark Twain was honored during his lifetime by receiving an honorary master's degree from Yale University (1888) and three honorary doctorates. The conferring...

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Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Thousands of geniuses live and die undiscovered--either by themselves or by others. - Mark Twain
2015-05-25-1432530197-2817080-Orthophonic_Joy_cover.jpg For two weeks in 1927, Bristol, Tennessee was the site of a legendary recording session known now as "the big bang of country music." The sessions...
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'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:17 AM

He had had a nice, good, idle time all the while -- plenty of company -- and the fence had three coats of whitewash on it! If he hadn't run out of whitewash, he would have bankrupted every boy in the village. -- Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer...
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Holbrook/Twain: An American Odyssey

(0) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 4:48 PM

The reason we hold truth in such respect is because we have so little opportunity to get familiar with it.

-- Mark Twain, 1898


On June 18, 2014 the American Film Institute offered audiences the opportunity to become familiar with the truth when...

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Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2014 | 9:54 PM

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: "A book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat." -Mark Twain

Recently, in Concord, New Hampshire, I saw Hal Holbrook perform in "Mark Twain Tonight!" I've...

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Give Twain: Give Twice

(0) Comments | Posted December 19, 2013 | 9:19 AM

The approach of Christmas brings harassment and dread to many excellent people. They have to buy a cart-load of presents, and they never know what to buy to hit the various tastes; they put in three weeks of hard and anxious work, and when Christmas morning comes they are so...
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That's What He Said: Quoting Mark Twain

(142) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 3:24 PM

Mark Twain remains the most frequently quoted American author, which means he is also the most frequently misquoted author. We see these misattributed quotes on Facebook, in blogs and tweets, and even in print. Dozens of quote sites on the Internet continue to post them despite noble attempts...

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Mark Twain's House Takes on Mark Twain's House

(2) Comments | Posted July 1, 2013 | 6:55 PM

"You have heard the challenge. Take it, or I proclaim you recreant knights and vanquished, every one!" - Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, 1889

Fans of Mark Twain will recognize that scene from Connecticut Yankee and may be glad to know there is a new challenge...

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Hal Holbrook in Hannibal and Hartford: Mark Twain Comes Home

(2) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 8:25 PM

In a letter to a boyhood friend, Mark Twain (1835-1910) wrote, "Public shows of honor are pleasant, but private ones are pleasanter, because they are above suspicion."

In 1888, Mark Twain received his first honorary degree -- a Master of Arts from Yale University. Mark Twain, of course,...

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Mark Twain Words & Music: A Stylish Miracle to Fend Off Hard Times

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 10:13 AM

"You can't throw too much style into a miracle. It costs trouble, and work, and sometimes money; but it pays in the end." So said Hank Morgan in Mark Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Museums serve an important role in society by preserving and conveying culture, both...

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Minting Mark Twain

(12) Comments | Posted April 22, 2012 | 11:38 PM

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) liked to take jabs at Congress, but today he might be inclined to hug a few members -- or at least shake their hands.

Missouri Congressman Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO-9) has accomplished a rare feat these days: the passing of a bipartisan bill.  And a bill that...

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Marking Twain

(1) Comments | Posted April 20, 2010 | 7:23 PM

Had Samuel Langhorne Clemens, known to the world as Mark Twain, only authored Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, his historical and literary legacy would be secured.

April 21st marks the 100th anniversary of Twain's death, and the whole world is taking note. In fact, November 30th will mark the 175th anniversary...

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