Samual Longhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, ca. 1900 (Library of Congress)
From his early years as a printer’s apprentice and steamboat pilot to his fame as the creator of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain was an American original. William Faulkner anointed him as “the father of American literature,” and it was Twain who gave the Gilded Age its name. It's been 106 years since the death of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, America's most celebrated humorist, but his beloved works seem as fresh and pointed as ever.
Explore the life and art of Twain with author Daniel Stashower and actor Scott Sedar, who offers readings from some of his most memorable works. Then raise a toast in celebration of the author, who reminds us “The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter.”
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