Artist Susan Boone Durkee
Visit Portrait Artist Susan B. Durkee's website
to see more artwork from the Lobster Pot Studio.
Twain Stormfield Project 1908-2010
"Home-grown" historian Brent Colley has expanded
his interest in Redding history to include a focus on Mark
Twain's life here.
Laura Trombley - Excerpt -
Mark Twain's Other Woman: The hidden story of his final years
Laura Trombley's fifth book, Mark Twain's
Other Woman, will be published by Knopf on March 16, 2010.
Mark Twain Papers and Project
The Bancroft Library at University of California
at Berkeley is the repository of many of Samuel Clemens' private
papers. With the addition of photocopies and transcriptions
from other institutions, the project has made it possible
to read virtually every document in Twain's hand known to
survive. The project is systematically publishing this material
in print editions, and is beginning to make it available online.
A complete index to 11,000 letters is accessible on the archive
website now, and the archive is working to place its entire
photographic holdings online.
College Center for Mark Twain Studies
Samuel Clemens spent a great deal of time
in Elmira, New York. His wife was born there, he was married
there and most of his children were born there. In addition,
Clemens enjoyed almost 20 summers at his in-law's Quarry Farm
in Elmira, where he worked on his most famous books. He, his
wife, and his children are buried in Elmira's Woodlawn Cemetery.
Elmira College has built on these associations
to become a center for research on Twain's literary legacy,
promoting Twain scholarship through research grants and academic
conferences. In recent years, it has also received a number
of interesting collections of materials on Mark Twain's life.
Mark Twain House and Museum
Samuel Clemens and his family lived in a
19-room mansion in the Nook Farm neighborhood of Hartford,
Connecticut, for almost twenty years, until financial problems
forced them to reduce expenses by embarking on a worldwide
fundraising lecture tour. The house, just an hour's drive
from Redding, has now been fully restored; a museum wing,
holding almost 50,000 items relating to Mark Twain's life,
was recently opened. The website allows a virtual tour of
the distinctive house and access to some of the museum's collection
for those who cannot make the trip.
Twain Quotations, Newspaper Collections and Related Resources
This site has what it describes as an unequalled
directory of Twain quotations, extensively indexed, and illustrated
with rare Twain photographs. It also includes an outstanding
collection of full-text articles from contemporary newspapers,
including extensive selections of Twain's articles from his
days as a reporter in California, hundreds of articles about
Twain from the New York Times, and the text of many interviews.
Twain in his times
A University of Virginia professor provides
a fascinating insight into how Mark Twain's books were received
at the time they were published.
This site, excerpted from Ken Burns' acclaimed
documentary on Mark Twain, provides an interactive look at
Mark Twain through his writings and artifacts.
Twain Forum (including "About Mark Twain")
This is the home of TWAIN-L, the listserv
for the Mark Twain Forum, which promotes discussion among
"persons having a scholarly interest in the life and times
of Mark Twain"; archives of the listserv dating from 1992
can be accessed. The site also offers reviews of the many
books that continue to be published about Mark Twain and provides
links to some scholarly articles as well.
Of particular note is "About Mark Twain",
which provides information appropriate for upper elementary
and secondary school students. Included is a biography of
Samuel Clemens and a timeline of his life, summaries of 16
of his books, descriptions of his friends and acquaintances,
and so on.
Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize for Humor
Since 1998, the Kennedy Center has awarded
the Mark Twain Prize for Humor "to recognize those who create
humor from their uniquely American experiences".