The Mark Twain Circle of America

NeMLA 2020 Call for Papers

Michael A. Torregrossa is organizing a panel for the Northeast Modern Language Association’s 2020 session in Boston, MA. The panel is titled ” Afterlives of A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” and abstracts are due by September 30, 2019. Click here for the full CFP!

TwainSpotting: Mark Twain Meets Colbert

This week on Steven Colbert’s Late Show, Emma Thompson described the power of humor by quoting Mark Twain on “the assault of laughter”! Thanks to Larry Howe for spotting this one. The clip is about a minute long and you can watch it here.

Clemens Conference 2019 Registration and Schedule

Clemens Conference Registration Form 2019

Clemens Conference Schedule 5-20

Mark Twain Circle Members –

The Clemens Conference is coming July 24-27. Attached you will find the schedule of presenters and speakers – some 35 offerings in all. Additionally, a trip to the Mark Twain birthplace at Florida, Missouri, a Mississippi riverboat ride, cave tour and tours of the Mark Twain Museum and Jim’s Journey Museum are offered. 

If you have not registered, you are encouraged to do so now. The registration form is attached. If you want to pay on line, you may go to to pay the registration fee. 

If you have any questions, contact Henry Sweets. 

Henry Sweets, Executive Director
Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
120 North Main Street
annibal  MO  63401
573-221-9010 extension 405

The Clemens Conference is Coming!

The Clemens Conference is coming.

The Conference will be held July 25-27 in Hannibal, Missouri. Further news and registration information will be forthcoming soon. We have a battery of exciting papers to be presented and field trips to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Mark Twain Cave, Jim’s Journey Museum, the Mark Twain Birthplace at Florida, Missouri, and a Mississippi riverboat ride.

Details will be announced through the Mark Twain Circle and will be available on our website,

You can also place your name on our mailing list by sending me an e-mail. Send to and you will receive notification as soon as it is available.

Henry Sweets, Executive Director

Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum

Deadline for Proposals to Clemens Conference

Today is the deadline for proposals to the 2019 Clemens Conference in Hannibal. See the previous posts and the calls for papers for details.

The Clemens Conference, July 2019



July 25-27, 2019 – HANNIBAL, MISSOURI 

The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is hosting its third Mark Twain Conference in Hannibal, Missouri, July 25-27, 2019. The museum is calling for papers for presentation at the conference. 

Abstracts for proposals are being accepted immediately through February 15, 2019. These should be e-mailed in Word format to Henry Sweets at for review. Abstracts should be 500-750 words in length. Presenters will be limited to a 20-minute presentation at the conference. 

Subject matter is wide open. Presentations are expected to address some topic related to Mark Twain, his life, or his works. Preference will be given to papers addressing Mark Twain in Hannibal, in Missouri, or on the Mississippi River. 

In addition to the papers being presented, the conference will include visits to the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, touring Mark Twain Cave, riding the Mark Twain Riverboat, and traveling to Florida, Missouri, to the Mark Twain birthplace museum and the Quarles farm site. 

Contact Henry Sweets with any questions.
573-221-9010 extension 405



Mark Twain on Television

The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies has posted an excellent overview of portrayals of Mark Twain on television, including clips from shows like Bonanza and The Rifleman. David Bianculli has compiled this thorough and interesting catalog. See the posting here: