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'They Came to Jeer, But Remained to Whitewash'

Cindy Lovell | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Cindy Lovell

When was the last time you reenacted a scene from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? More to the point, when was the last time you whitewashed a fence -- or, better yet -- paid for the privilege?

Obituaries Could Change the World

David Wilkie | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
David Wilkie

What if thousands, or millions of us wanted to be remembered because our lives touched others, and made the world just that much better?

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

Cindy Lovell | Posted 08.31.2013 | Travel
Cindy Lovell

Whether drawn to Mark Twain by a certain nostalgia that includes fishing and hooky-playing or because of his fiery social criticism, readers can't seem to put Twain's books down.

ReThink Review: Mud -- Murky Waters Run Deep and Dangerous

Jonathan Kim | Posted 06.25.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Mud skillfully yet almost casually manages to mix a coming of age tale, a twisty crime thriller, and a tragic love story in the slow-flowing waters of the Mississippi river, producing a masterful film with an edgy, contemporary darkness, yet with the timeless feel of adolescent adventures.

John Celock

Dems Sign On To New State Gun Ban | John Celock | Posted 02.05.2013 | Politics

More than 50 state legislators in Kansas -- including four Democrats -- have co-sponsored a gun bill that would, among other things, prohibit most doc...

Paramount Moving Forward With 'Huck and Tom'

Posted 05.21.2012 | Entertainment

Mark Twain may have published "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" eight years before "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," but don't tell that to Paramount...

Tom Sawyer Takes Over Google

The Huffington Post | Catharine Smith | Posted 11.30.2011 | Technology

Tom Sawyer has taken over the Google home page. In honor of Mark Twain's 176th birthday, proudly displayed a panoramic scene featuring ...

PHOTOS: Lost "Huck Finn" Illustrations Discovered

The Atlantic Wire | Posted 07.13.2011 | Home

The British children's author and illustrator Edward Ardizzone is best known for writing and illustrating the Tim series and for his collaboration wit...

Astoria Characters: The Lace-Curtain Ladies

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to The Great Snow Show. My rapt "audience" -- the little old ladies who live on my block -- is peeking at me from behind lace curtains.

Mark Twain's Language: "Bad" Words Then and Now

Hugh Rawson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Hugh Rawson

The text of Huckleberry Finn includes more than two hundred instances of the controversial word. But this doesn't say very much about the author himself.

Sanitizing Twain -- to the Nth Degree

Laurence Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Laurence Hughes

Huckleberry Finn is a product of its time. Hate it, debate it, deplore it, ignore it, but don't take it upon yourself to change it to suit your own mores and values.

The Problem With Protection

Monica Edinger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Monica Edinger

Whenever I read about another effort to protect the young from historical nastiness (the latest being the new edition of Mark Twain's The Adventures o...

No Publisher Should "Edit" Mark Twain's Novels

Richard Greener | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Richard Greener

Mark Twain's novels are about to be bloodied. As a novelist, I understand, object and feel compelled to protest.

In Defense of Dead/Absent Parents in Children's Literature

Nathan Bransford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nathan Bransford

There has been some discussion in the book world lately about the prevalence of absent and/or dead parents in children's literature. In an interesting...

Mark Twain In New York City

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

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 | Home

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 Centennial: Rudyard Kipling's Interview With Mark Twain

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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...

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

The Guardian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

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...

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

The Wall Street Journal | JULIA M. KLEIN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

From 1874 until 1891, Mark Twain lived in an ornate Gothic Revival mansion in Hartford, Conn., where he wrote his most enduring masterpieces, includin...