Saturday, June 26, 2010
Centennial of Mark Twain's Death
Link to June 26 Los Angeles Times article, "A visit to Mark Twain's Hannibal, Mo."
Excerpt: It's moments like this that keep Hannibal in business. And there should be plenty of business this year: It's the centennial of Mark Twain's death, and a new comprehensive version of his autobiography (delayed a century, as per the author's instructions) is due for publication in November. Especially in the next three months, as tourism peaks, Hannibal will be talking more than usual about its favorite son.
"There would be no Huckleberry Finn. There would be no Tom Sawyer. None of that would ever have happened if he hadn't lived here," said Cindy Lovell, director of the Twain home and museum.
Samuel Langhorne Clemens was born about 40 miles southwest in Florida, Mo.; he was a redheaded 4-year-old when his family arrived in Hannibal, just across the river from Illinois.
Link to Mark Twain Home webcam.
Mark Twain 2010.
A LINKcat "TITLE starts with" search of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn earns you 66 bibliographic records.
Which reminds me of oft-heard lament at the Middleton Public Library reference desk, "I just want to find a copy of the book here."