It was 100 years ago today that Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) passed away. Best known for his classic novels The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain was also a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi and a globe-trotting lecturer.
Two recent New York Times articles recently appeared: Scrawled in the Margins, Signs of Twain as a Critic describing Twain’s marginal notes in the books that he read and Twain’s Heavily Lawyered Last Words which describes his last will and testament.
Twain led an interesting life and one way to learn about him is to visit The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, CT, a mere two hour drive from New York. I was there recently and it is worthwhile. They have many events and educational programs.
In the meantime, celebrate Twain’s legacy by reading one of his books. I remember loving The Prince and the Pauper as a child.
– posted by Ed G., Reference Services