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Mark Twain Month

Hi all, I’m going to spend the rest of September writing about Mark Twain here on the blog, and I’ll be writing more regularly than usual.

If there’s a specific book or piece you’d like to discuss, let me know in the comments and I’ll see if I can work it into what I have planned.



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  • Michael Golrick September 4, 2013, 9:16 am

    How about “Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”?

    I was a public library director in CT when the 100th anniversary of its publication occurred and along with the Mark Twain Library (the public library for the town of Redding CT), and another library, we did a scholar led series of discussions about the text. The opening scene refers to what was then my home city, Bridgeport CT.

  • Jack M September 4, 2013, 11:05 am

    How about a list of favorite quotations? I have more than a few that I love.

  • Pat September 4, 2013, 2:33 pm

    We have an Autograph Book in the Milwaukee Public Library that includes many famous autographs, including that of Mark Twain when he was in Vienna in the late 1890s. His advice: “Do not use your morals week-days. It gets them out of repair for Sunday.”

  • Judith September 5, 2013, 4:25 am

    Hi Josh,
    New reader of your blog and big fan of your book. Looking forward to Mark Twain Month. He’s one of my all-time favorites. Sent this Twain quote to my Dad for Father’s Day many years ago for Father’s Day and found it still amongst his belongings 40 years later. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished by how much he’d learned in seven years.”

  • Brad Matthies September 5, 2013, 5:48 am

    I always loved Letters From Earth. If you could cover that one it’d be appreciated!


    • ed young September 5, 2013, 8:21 pm

      TWO votes (actually, three, as i have both hands up) for L.F.T.E.

      I am sending this ballot along to a few Twain fiends to stuff the ballot box, so to speak~

  • Gustavo September 5, 2013, 6:54 am

    Is there a story of a guy traveling by train with a corpse in a coffin? I am pretty sure I am not mistaken with a life experience.

  • Lisa Guidarini September 6, 2013, 7:01 pm

    I’ve read Huck Finn to death, so I’m hoping that’s not ultimately chosen. The autobiographical Life on the Mississippi might be a good one. Don’t think I’ve read the whole book.

    Good quotes:

    Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.

    It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.

    A person who won’t read has no advantage over one who can’t read.

    Almost everything the man said was a great quote.