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Samuel Clemens

Mark Twain for Christmas

Cindy Lovell | Posted 12.19.2016 | Parents
Cindy Lovell

The letter from Mark Twain (real name Sam Clemens) to his toddler Susie is a holiday classic in our family. Reading it aloud has become an annual tradition, and if you celebrate Christmas and Santa's generosity to well-behaved youngsters, I predict reading it will become a tradition in your family, too.

The Lioness in Mark Twain's Court: A Conversation with Lynn Cullen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.02.2016 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Cullen's novel unravels how Lyons shifted from being Twain's beloved secretary who knew him better than anyone else to, as he called her in a 429 page document, "a liar, a forger, a thief."

The American People: Larry Kramer's Blistering Magnum Opus

Lawrence D. Mass, M.D. | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lawrence D. Mass, M.D.

The American People is predictably commanding and passionate, its insights are stunning and endless, its narrative consistently compelling. But how much of the history it recreates is true?

Give Twain: Give Twice

Cindy Lovell | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

Although Mark Twain could sound a little cranky when describing the stress of selecting the perfect gift, he really did possess the Christmas spirit.

10 Photos Of Mark Twain Being Awesome

Posted 10.21.2013 | Books

"Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2: The Complete and Authoritative Edition" came out earlier this month (the first volume was published in 2010). ...

Mark Twain Secret Revealed

Maddie Crum | Posted 10.09.2013 | Books

If you're familiar with Mark Twain's memorable novels, you're probably aware that his pen name is not his given name. The author and satirist best kno...

What Would Mark Twain Say About the 2012 Election?

Donald T. Bliss | Posted 12.25.2012 | Books
Donald T. Bliss

America's success, Twain believed, depends upon educated, informed and engaged citizens, who demand accountability from elected representatives and speak out for reforms: "It cannot be well, or safe to let the present political conditions continue indefinitely."

Who Did Mark Twain Think Was The Worst U.S. President?

Philip McFarland | Posted 09.17.2012 | Books
Philip McFarland

Back then I had begun researching a book on Mark Twain, and early on came across an opinion that America's great humorist set down in 1906 about the then president, Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt, Twain wrote, was "far and away the worst president we have ever had."

A Few Words In Defense of the N-Word, in the Novels of Mark Twain

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Mikhail Lyubansky

While racial insensitivity and avoidance of discussions about racism are real problems in classrooms, removing racially objectionable content from literature cannot possibly be effective in anything other than eliminating discomfort.

Mark Twain In New York City

The New York Times | MICHAEL POLLAK | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mark Twain was a lifelong traveler, and his footsteps are all over New York City. Many of them are detailed in "Mark Twain: A Life" by Ron Powers (Fre...

Mark Twain's Autobiography: Previously Unpublished Documents Reveal Shocking View Of Christianity, Criticism Of Roosevelt (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Mark Twain's autobiography will be published this November, 100 years after his death, per Twain's own dying wishes. A fear of being shunned for the s...

Mark Twain Quiz: How Well Do You Know The Legend?

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It's exactly a century since Mark Twain died, but his voice remains as fresh and witty as ever. How well do you know the man who gave the world Huck F...

The Day Mark Twain Eloped with Death

Steve Courtney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Courtney

Samuel Clemens, also known as Mark Twain, died one hundred years ago this coming April 21. He had famously predicted that he had arrived with Halley's comet in 1835 and would depart with it in 1910.

Mark Twain Centennial: Rudyard Kipling's Interview With Mark Twain

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

This article originally appeared as a Library of America Story of the Week feature. An Interview with Mark Twain Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) From "T...

Marking Twain

Cindy Lovell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Cindy Lovell

Although there are no direct descendants of Sam Clemens, one could argue that there are descendants of the persona "Mark Twain," such as satirists Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert.

Museum Struggles with 'That Word' in Huckleberry Finn, 125 Years After It Was Published

Steve Courtney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Steve Courtney

A group is trying to move us past stereotypes to the kind of authenticity Mark Twain sought in carefully choosing his wording for Huckleberry Finn. Let's hope the rest of the world can follow their lead.