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I, honestly, laugh right out loud when I read some of the things he's written. This guy is just a crack-up! You certainly won't be disappointed. If you are, is your name Scrooge? I love the way Mark Twain thinks and how he told his story is even greater in my mind than if he suffered through organizing his life and losing the power of his voice. If you love anything he wrote, you'll love this, too.

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AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Amazon Restaurants Food delivery from local restaurants. ComiXology Thousands of Digital Comics. Howells, 22 Sept referring to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court I wrote the rest of The Innocents Abroad in sixty days and I could have added a fortnight's labor with the pen and gotten along without the letters altogether.

I was very young in those days, exceedingly young, marvelously young, younger than I am now, younger than I shall ever be again, by hundreds of years. I worked every night from eleven or twelve until broad daylight in the morning, and as I did , words in the sixty days, the average was more than 3, words a day- nothing for Sir Walter Scott, nothing for Louis Stevenson, nothing for plenty of other people, but quite handsome for me. In , when we were living in Tedworth Square, London, and I was writing the book called Following the Equator, my average was 1, words a day; here in Florence my average seems to be 1, words per sitting of four or five hours.

Go to work and revamp or rewrite it. God only exhibits his thunder and lightning at intervals, and so they always command attention. These are God's adjectives. You thunder and lightning too much; the reader ceases to get under the bed, by and by. By that time you begin to clearly and logically perceive what it is that you really want to say.

To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself She says a 5-page prayer to the Virgin 5 times a day when she isn't too sleepy, and so on and so on, and she is so pretty Hoffmann, p.

Bermudian and again the ship's manifest recorded Miss M. Madden as a nineteen year old passenger. No further identification of Mary "Paddy" Madden has been established and no letters written by Clemens to her have been recovered. Photo from Winnipeg Free Press , October 9, , p. Martin had achieved financial success in Canada as a grain dealer, establishing a company later known as British Empire Grain Company, Limited.

Hellen's father, Robert D. Martin died at his home in No. Martin was survived by his wife and five children. Martin was a wealthy widow. Clemens made two trips to Bermuda in the winter of His autobiographical dictation for April 17, records that he had made the acquaintance of Hellen Martin and added her name to the list of his angel-fish. Regarding Hellen, he said, "Hellen Martin, of Montreal, Canada, a slim and bright and sweet little creature aged ten and a half years Cooley, p.

In his personal notebook for June he recorded Hellen's age as 12 and her address as "1 Murray ave, Westmount, Montreal" Cooley, p. Examination of the ship manifests coming from Bermuda to New York indicates that eleven-year-old "Helen Martin" and her mother, also named Helen, arrived in New York from Bermuda on board the S.

Trinidad enroute to their home in Montreal on March 30, In April Hellen wrote Clemens from Montreal sending him her love. The only correspondence from Clemens to Hellen Martin that has been recovered is a draft of a letter he wrote back to her contained in his autobiographical dictation for April 17, I miss Bermuda too, but not so much as I miss you; for you were rare, and occasional, and select, and Ltd" Cooley, p.

Waeckerlin was also managing director of the Rum Company Jamaica, Ltd.. Samuel Clemens never considered Gertrude Natkin a member of his angel-fish club. It would be almost a year before he conceived the idea of forming an association of surrogate granddaughters. Natkin's first letter to Clemens dated December 27, speaks to the nature of their first meeting:. Yesterday a very happy little girl went home, thinking only of dear Mr. I wish to thank you very much for being so kind.

I really think you must have seen in my face that I was yearning to speak to you and it was kind of you to gratify my wish I am the little girl who loves you. Only a week prior to meeting Gertrude Natkin, Clemens had participated in a benefit to aid the cause of Russian Jews who had suffered in an abortive Russian revolution of There is no current evidence that Simon Natkin or his family were present at Clemens's appearance at the Jewish fundraiser, but the Natkin family was no doubt aware of the efforts Clemens was making on the behalf of Russia.

The majority of the correspondence between Clemens and Gertrude Natkin covers a time period of only a few months. Marjorie Fleming a child prodigy who had died at the age of eight in had held Clemens's fascination for a number of years and he would later publish his own essay on Fleming titled "Marjorie Fleming, the Wonder Child" in A few days after receiving the book from Clemens, Natkin requested to be considered his own little "Marjorie" and thereafter often signed her letters in that manner and Clemens often addressed her as such.

Their correspondence progressed to the point where the two were exchanging "blots" or kisses on paper. On March 4, Clemens provided complimentary tickets to Gertrude Natkin and her mother for his 3: The New York Times later reported on the near riot and the perilous jam from the crowd trying to gain entrance to hear Mark Twain's speech.

Clemens's letter to Natkin a few days after his appearance contained an apology for not instructing her and her sister Miriam Natkin apparently attended in her mother's place to enter via the stage door.

Natkin's letters to Clemens after attending the appearance indicate a growing affection for Clemens. When Natkin learned from Clemens's secretary Isabel Lyon that Clemens was suffering from a cold later that month, Natkin sent him flowers. Their correspondence progressed to telephone conversations, all the while Clemens reassuring Natkin she was his "dream grandchild" Cooley, p.

According to a letter Clemens dated April 8, , that day was Natkin's sixteenth birthday. Ah, what has become of my little girl? I am almost afraid to send a blot, but I venture it.

Bless your heart it comes with an ace of being improper! Now back you go to 14! Good night, sweet fourteen Cooley, p. Clemens apparently became uncomfortable with the amount of affection Natkin was showering upon him through her letters and his letters to her show a growing emotional distance from the teenager. Also, Clemens had become more closely involved in a relationship with Charlotte Teller, a thirty-year-old writer who lived near his 21 Fifth Avenue home and who held his fascination with her beauty, her writing projects, her involvement with Russian revolutionaries and her support of an upcoming visit of Maxim Gorky.

Natkin wrote Clemens on April 16 that she had seen his cartoon in the newspaper. The evening of April 19, Natkin did visit Clemens backstage before and after his Fulton Association lecture. In November Natkin sent Clemens a leather case for his birthday. On February 20, Natkin wrote Clemens that her sister had recently died. The letter reporting her sister's death was not the last correspondence from Natkin, but other notes that followed were infrequent and mostly birthday greetings from Natkin and exchanges of New Year's good wishes.

Clemens had successfully distanced himself from the appearance of impropriety of the relationship. The census for New York indicated twenty-year-old Gertrude Natkin still residing at West 98th street with her parents and sisters Bessie and Cecilia.

Gertrude listed no occupation. Bessie was employed as a real estate clerk and Cecilia listed her occupation as a school teacher. Gertrude's father Simon Natkin died in June after serving forty years as sexton of his congregation.

The census for New York lists Gertrude, her mother and sisters residing with her brother Benjamin on West 96th street. In June Gertrude's mother died. Cecelia Natkin later married Herman Rubenstein. Cecilia Natkin Rubenstein died in September and her surviving sister Gertrude was identified as Gertrude Dorfman. Jennie Natkin Goldstein died in February and her surviving sister Gertrude is again identified as Gertrude Dorfman.

Bessie Natkin Pulvermacher died in January with Gertrude Dorfman identified as her sole surviving sister. Gertrude Natkin Dorfman's date of death is established as October and is based on an obituary announcement placed in The New York Times on October 14 announcing her funeral to be held October 15 at 2: Dorfman married to William F.

Dorfman, a compositor for an advertising company. Two children are listed -- a son named Everett and a daughter named Miriam.

In his autobiographical dictation of April 17, Clemens described Frances Nunnally:. I have already told what pleasant times we had together every day in London, last summer, returning calls.

She was 16 then, a dear sweet grave little body, and very welcome in those English homes Cooley, p. On June 8, Clemens sailed to England aboard the S. Minneapolis to accept an honorary degree from Oxford University. On board the Minneapolis were Frances Nunnally and her mother who were embarking on a tour of Europe. Nunnally was a prominent candy manufacturer whose initial business established in had grown to include factories and retail stores in Atlanta, Washington, D.

Nunnally was also a director of several Atlanta financial institutions. Frances Nunnally and her mother, along with Clemens and his party, lodged at Brown's Hotel in London and young Frances accompanied him around London to visit various dignitaries.

When Clemens was photographed in his Oxford robes, Frances Nunnally stood beside him. It was a picture he later kept on his bedroom dressing table.

Frances Nunnally returned to St. Timothy's School at Catonsville, Maryland near Baltimore that fall. Nunnally and Clemens maintained contact through their correspondence and in February Clemens mailed her an angelfish pin.

On March 14, Clemens wrote her from Bermuda. Francesca,dear, I am taking the liberty of appointing you to membership in my "Aquarium" Club Cooley, p.

In June Clemens made arrangements to visit with the Nunnally family while they were in New York enroute on another summer tour of Europe. Frances Nunnally's name appears in the Stormfield guestbook for September 27 - 29, Colley. On June 9, Clemens delivered his final public speech at Nunnally's graduation from St. Timothy's and posed afterward for photographs with the graduates. The two continued to correspond through The census lists Frances and John Wheatley residing with her parents and a contingent of servants on Peachtree Road in Atlanta.

Wheatley was employed as a bond broker. By their marriage had ended in divorce. Goodrich, a graduate of Cornell University, worked in Hollywood as a screen writer. The couple had one daughter born in , also named Frances. Goodrich died in March Frances's father James H.

Nunnally, died two years later in May At the time of his death, James H. Much of his wealth had been accumulated when he and Ernest Woodruff who was married to Cora Winship Nunnally's first cousin had helped finance a buyout of the Coca-Cola company in Nunnally served on the board of directors for Coca-Cola for a number of years prior to his death.

Frances Nunnally Goodrich and her daughter remained financially independent due to the family's accumulated wealth. Advertisement for Nunnally's candy circa , the company owned by Frances Nunnally's father. George Winzer was seven years older than Frances. She had formerly introduced Winzer to her family doctor as her chauffeur. George Winzer died in November She also provided building funds for the University of California at San Diego; Coronado Hospital in Coronado, California and provided financial support to other institutions in southern California.

Samuel Clemens and Louise Paine. Louis, Missouri, Louise was the oldest of three children. Two younger sisters were Frances and Joy, both born after the family relocated to New York. By January Albert Bigelow Paine had received Clemens's blessing to serve as his official biographer and from that point onward Paine became Clemens's constant companion.

About the same time that Paine became associated with Clemens, Paine purchased property in Redding, Connecticut and encourage Clemens to do the same. When Clemens conceived the idea of an Aquarium Club made up of surrogate granddaughters, it was natural that Paine's teenage daughter Louise would be included in the membership.

The first time I saw this extraordinary man was at dinner in his home in New York in He was a charming host. He looked just like his pictures to us three little girls as to my mother and father. Moreover, there was a dinner to delight children, topped off with fairy-like mousse, piled high in a crystal bowl and accompanied by a sauce of big, red strawberries. Had he remembered that, at our age, dessert was at least as impressive as fame? Louise Paine recalled visiting with Clemens again in the following spring and attending a theatre matinee, having breakfast in bed, living like a princess, and riding in the upper decks of the buses of Fifth Avenue.

When Clemens moved from New York to his new home in Redding, Connecticut on June 18, , Louise Paine and her father, along with reporters and photographers accompanied him on the train. The Paine family lived within walking distance of Clemens's Redding home and Louise and her sisters could walk for visits and games of cards and billiards.

According to Paine, "age differences were forgotten" Moore, p. By Louise was the mother of a daughter Dora Jean. Throughout the s Louise worked as an editor for Good Housekeeping magazine. John Benjamin died in September Louise married for a second time to John Hudson Moore on April 14, Moore was president of London House, a New York importing establishment. John Moore died July 16, Louise Paine Moore died March 30, Frances Wade of Switzerland and Mrs. After her death, a number of Louise's personal items that were gifts from Clemens, including her angel-fish pin, were donated to the Mark Twain Library in Redding, Connecticut.

Samuel Clemens met Dorothy Quick aboard the S. Minnetonka , in July He was returning home to America after receiving an honorary degree from Oxford University in England. Among the passengers who made the trip on board the Minnetonka , Clemens was the most famous and instantly recognizable. Quick--a shipmaster and commodore for the Southern Pacific Steamship line.

Dorothy's father was not a part of her life at the time Clemens met her. Charles Aaron served the role of a father figure for his young granddaughter. For the duration of the trip from July 12 - 22 Clemens and Dorothy Quirk were constant companions.

I was a very intense child, strong in my likes and dislikes. Loving few outside of my family, I had given my heart to Mr. Clemens in a combination of hero worship and the deep affection that it is only possible for a child to hold Quick, p. When the Minnetonka docked in New York, Clemens was surrounded by reporters and news reports the following day included stories of his friendship with young Dorothy Quick. Clemens's relationship with Dorothy Quick grew via cards, letters, and personal visits.

Quick became one of his most faithful and prolific correspondents and when he later instituted his Aquarium Club, she was among its first members. Dorothy stayed with Clemens at his Tuxedo Park home from August 5 - 9. A few hours after her visit Clemens wrote her a letter:. How do you suppose I am going to get along without you?

Aren't you sorry for me, you fresh breeze blown from fragrant fields of flowers? I thought this was a home. It isn't a home at all, it's merely a wreck Cooley, p. For her birthday on September 1 Clemens sent a telegram offering to send her elephants and monkeys. When Dorothy replied she would rather have his books, he sent them and later gave her a tiny white elephant. It was a gift that would lead to her lifelong interest in collecting elephant statuettes which would number over 1, by the time she died.

Dorothy's previous education had been at the hands of a governess. In the Fall she enrolled in Plainfield New Jersey Academy which was about thirty miles away from New York and close enough to allow train visits on weekends. Dorothy visited Clemens a few days after her birthday from September 3 - 12, On October 5, Clemens recalled Dorothy's recent visit to his home:.

She is just eleven years old, and seems to be made of watch-springs and happiness. The child was never still a moment, when she wasn't asleep, and she lit up this place like the sun. It was a tremendous week, and an uninterruptedly joyful one for us all. After she was gone, and silence and solitude had resumed their sway, we felt as if we had been through a storm in heaven Cooley, p.

Most of the existing photos of Clemens with Dorothy Quick were taken during her visits with him at Tuxedo Park. Dorothy convinced him to attend a dinner in his honor at the Pleiades Club -- a dinner that her mother had helped arrange. For Christmas Dorothy presented him with a gift of a pocket knife -- renewing the Christmas tradition of gift giving that he had foregone during the last few years. Their correspondence continued with his letters often containing cartoon drawing of cats and bugs designed to delight a child's eye.

What a Dorothy it is! How many chapters have I already talked about her bright and booming and electrical ways, and her punctuationless literature and her adorably lawless spelling? Have I exhausted her as a text for talk? Nobody could do it. At least nobody who worships her as I worship her Cooley, p. Throughout her visits, Clemens entertained her with card games, billiard games, trips to the theatre, charades, and reading. Clemens took great delight in Dorothy's interest in becoming an author and he tutored her in the art of how to become a great writer.

As Clemens health deteriorated he began taking trips to Bermuda for the beneficial effects of the mild Bermuda climate. His correspondence with Dorothy was less frequent and less playful. There were no recorded visits between the two in In March Dorothy's mother accompanied her to Bermuda to visit Clemens who had returned there after the death of his daughter Jean.

While there Clemens introduced them to future president Woodrow Wilson. Dorothy's trip was cut short when her mother received word that her brother Dorothy's uncle Charles Aaron of Plainfield, New Jersey had died unexpectedly. The time spent with Clemens in Bermuda in March was their last visit. Dorothy and her mother were in Europe when they received news that Clemens had died in April.

Emma Gertrude Quick, a young mother who shared a close physical resemblance to her daughter Dorothy Quick, from her passport photo of Mumford, a stock broker and a member of Fahnestock and Company banking firm was thirty years older than Emma. Shortly after the marriage, the elderly Mumford suffered a complete collapse of health and his young wife managed his financial affairs.

Prior to Mumford's death in she established a trust fund for Dorothy. Executors of Mumford's estate later initiated a lawsuit to recover the money due the estate from Emma and Dorothy.

The lawsuit was unsuccessful. During World War I he had served as an officer aboard the cruiser South Dakota and later as executive officer on the destroyer ship Hopkins. At her wedding, Dorothy was given away by attorney George Murray Brooks who had successfully represented her mother in the lawsuit with executors of the Mumford estate.

Dorothy Quick continued to pursue a writing career. The social pages and society news of The New York Times were filled with activities she and her mother participated in throughout the s and s. Gertrude Mumford became a member of the board of trustees of the Manhattan School of Music and chairman of the women's committee of the New York Opera Comique.

Dorothy wrote plays, novels, poetry, gave radio lectures, and sometimes gave newspaper interviews related to her friendship with Mark Twain. Dorothy's father Henry S. Quick died in May Dorothy's husband John Adams Mayer, who had been employed as an advertising executive, died unexpectedly on March 15, Dorothy's mother died two years later on April 17, Dorothy Quick continued to write novels and poems published under her maiden name until her death March 15, A Little Girl's Friendship with Mark Twain was first published in just a year prior to her death and later reprinted under the title Mark Twain and Me.

The book was later made into a movie for television in starring Jason Robards as Mark Twain. Clemens sent Mary a letter wishing the couple "a long and happy life and great prosperity" Mark Twain's Letters to Mary , p. Mary Benjamin was not a stranger to the Rogers family.

William Evarts Benjamin, a bookseller and publisher, had helped Clemens during his financial strife by purchasing in the s the rights to Clemens's Library of American Literature underfunded publishing venture. Raymond who founded The New York Times. Mary's father George Hillard Benjamin was internationally known as a patent expert and industrial engineer.

He had been a practicing physician and was noted as a criminologist who frequently contributed his skills to solving crimes with his expertise in chemistry. In addition, he had been licensed to practice law in and assisted in organizing many large corporations including Western Electric. At the time of his death, Mary's father had acquired eighteen academic degrees. Mary and Harry Rogers spent a year abroad after their marriage.

In their daughter Mary Millicent Rogers was born. Clemens's close friendship with Henry H. Rogers brought him into increasing contact with Mary and Harry and their young family. Clemens began to think of Mary as a surrogate niece and often signed his correspondence to her as a loving uncle. Few letters from Mary to Clemens survive but those that do show she was a talented wordsmith and Clemens took great delight in corresponding with her. He often sent her portions of his autobiography to read and comment on and pleaded with her to send him "butter"--his code name for compliments.

He admired Mary's youth and vitality which were characteristics she shared with a number of the young women he later designated member of his Aquarium Club. On August 14, he wrote:. Ho, you miraculous combination of quicksilver, watchsprings and sunshine, how you do dance out from your pen and light up this solemn solitude and set things amoving! No matter how long you live you'll never get old, thanks be! My wife never did, neither did my mother; and my mother lived to be 88, and always she was all animation and champagne and charm, like you Mark Twain's Letters to Mary , p.

When Clemens moved into his new home at Redding, Connecticut in June Harry and Mary Rogers were among his first visitors. Mary presented him with a guest book which quickly filled with names of visitors. Rogers died in , Harry inherited much of his father's wealth. Harry's interests were in a military career rather than industry. He studied field artillery in Europe in He eventually advanced to the rank of colonel. For his war service he received numerous citations for exceptionally meritorious services.

Mary was an active volunteer for the Red Cross during the war. Harry later remarried twice prior to his death in July Newspapers reported that Harry was displeased with his son Henry Rogers III when he sided with his mother at the time of Mary's divorce and that was the reason he did not receive a larger share of his father's estate.

Mary and Harry's son Henry Rogers III married in and tried to make a name for himself in the entertainment industry. In September his name was linked with the death of singer and actress Evelyn Hoey who died by a gunshot wound to her head while a guest in his home near Downington, Pennsylvania. Hoey's death was later ruled a suicide. Among the mourners at his funeral was Mrs.

Mary's daughter Millicent died on January 1, in New Mexico. She had been in the society columns of newspapers as they followed her three marriages and three divorces. In her later years she settled into the quiet existence of an artist and purchased a small ranch near Taos, New Mexico.

Mary Benjamin Rogers who had outlived both her son and daughter died September 21, She had spent her latter years as an artist with an interest in Navajo Indian art. She was survived by three grandsons and two great-grandchildren.

Clemens's acquaintance with Ethel Donaldson Sloan was unknown to most Mark Twain scholars until a collection of items from her estate appeared on an Ebay auction in April Clemens met Sloan in January , on his last trip to Bermuda and a few months prior to his death. Among the items from Sloan's collection was an autographed copy of Eve's Diary dated Bermuda, January 31, ; photos; a two-page manuscript of a Valentine poem dated February 14, ; and a handwritten maxim dated January 15, One the back of one photo was an inscription from Marion Schuyler Allen, mother of angel-fish Helen Allen, which read:.

For the dear man's "Doralinda" this picture taken the last day he was able to dress From Marion Schuyler Allen. Who is it soothes your aching head With cool soft palm, and speeds to bed Your weary frame by pains bested? When wicked Satan lays for you, Who is it nightly prays for you, Safeguarding all your days for you? Who stands as firm as Mary's lamb 'Twixt you and harm, serenely ca'm, For danger caring not a straw?

Who all your life will wish you well Who, for your sake her soul would sell, And singing gaily go to Constantinople? Sage retired from the navy in One of Ethel's maternal great grandfathers was Colonel Timothy Pickering, the first secretary of state in President George Washington's cabinet.

The couple returned to Bermuda where Liddell was stationed with his regiment. When Liddell's regiment was transferred to South Africa, the couple made their home in that country.

Prior to his death, Liddell reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Clemens met Sloan only a few months prior to his death. The short manuscripts he wrote for her are among some of his last known works. No correspondence between Clemens and the Sloan family has been found. Clemens dictated a portion of his autobiography on April 17, and spoke of angel-fish Jean Spurr, "such is the kingdom of heaven" Cooley, p. Spurr was one of the angel-fish Clemens met in Bermuda in March According to his secretary Isabel Lyon, Jean wore a blonde wig and had no eyebrows or lashes but that defect did not prevent Clemens from admiring her.

Lyon wrote, "He sees into her fair young soul" Hoffmann, p. He wrote his daughter Clara, "We are having good times. Pleasant in Newark, New Jersey. Spurr was a cut stone contractor whose father Joseph J. Spurr had established the Spurr Stone Company. The family's stoneworks were located on the Passaic River and the enterprise furnished stone for some of the most impressive buildings in New York City.

When Jean Spurr returned to New York from Bermuda, newspaper reporters were eager to get reports on Mark Twain's activities on the island. Young Jean found her name in the national news in an article that was copied by newspapers across the country. Although there is more than seven hundred miles of blue sea between New York and Mark Twain, this port is receiving prolific reports of his doings at Bermuda.

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The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut, was the home of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) and his family from to It was designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter and built in the American High Gothic style. Clemens biographer Justin Kaplan has called it "part steamboat, part medieval fortress and part cuckoo clock.". Clemens wrote many of his best-known . Autobiography of Mark Twain: Volume 1, Reader’s Edition (Mark Twain Papers) (): Mark Twain, Harriet E. Smith, Benjamin Griffin, Victor.