Today marks the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death. To celebrate you might want to read one of the many recent articles about his life and impact. Here is but a small sampling.
- 100 years after his death, Mark Twain’s work still wields power
- Mark Twain centennial honors America’s greatest writer
- A multifaceted celebration of Mark Twain
- The unaccountable Mark Twain
- Mark Twain’s Hannibal retains spirit of Tom Sawyer, adventures of Huckleberry Finn
- Mark Twain’s Missouri: stealing away with Tom and Huck
- Economic Downturn Impacts Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home
- Twain’s Heavily Lawyered Last Words
You might want to read one of his short stories. I’m rereading, “Some Fables for Good Old Boys and Girls,” in three parts: “How the Animals of the Wood Sent Out a Scientific Expedition”, “How the Animals of the Wood Completed Their Scientific Labors,” and Part Three for which Twain did not provide a subtitle but did provide a punch line. Those who grapple with ancient texts will particularly enjoy Professor Woodlouse’s translation of the “Mayoritish Stone,” aka “King Stone.”
Update: Added “Twain’s Heavily Lawyered Last Words,” from the New York Times.