The Mark Twain Circle of America

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New Yorker Article on the Backstory of the Mark Twain Fairy Tale

The New Yorker has just published an online story about the Mark Twain fairy tale, discovered by John Bird and completed by a husband and wife couple, the Steads. Their changes to Twain’s notes are raising a bit of controversy. Reactions from Twain scholars Shelley Fisher Fishkin and David Bradley:


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TwainSpotting: Publisher’s Weekly Previews the Forthcoming Mark Twain Fairy Tale Book

TwainSpotting: A New Film Version of Huckleberry Finn is Causing Controversy

TwainSpotting: Dance Like Nobody is Watching

Donald Trump’s new communications director has caused quite a stir on Twitter with his misattributed Mark Twain quotation. The fun begins as people make up their own quotations:

TwainSpotting: Rare Edition of Tom Sawyer

Alert TwainSpotter Larry Howe sends this link to the Newberry Library newsletter, about the donation of a rare edition of Tom Sawyer. Scroll to pp. 22-23.

Call For Nominations of New Members

One hundred and fifty years ago, a wise man said:

  …nothing pleases a child so much as to be a member of something or other. Your rightly-constituted child don’t care shucks what it is, either. 

  –Mark Twain, Letter to the San Francisco Alta California, date May 20, 1867; published July 7, 1867 

However you don’t have to be a child to see the merits of membership in the Mark Twain Circle.  And this is where we need your help: 

In addition to hanging on to current members, we’re looking to add to the fold. It’s clear to us that members like you are our best resource.  So we’re asking you to nominate anyone who you think would be interested in becoming a member.  This could be a friend, a colleague, a teacher, a grad student–anyone with an appreciation for Twain. While we’re happy to attract anyone to our Circle, we’re particularly keen to draw in some of the next-generation scholars and Twain fans. 

Please forward the names and email contacts for those whom you think would like to receive our invitation to join.  Our invitation will tell them that they have been nominated for membership, so indicate to us if you would like us to identify you as a nominator or if you would prefer to remain anonymous. See the list of officers for email addresses.

Thank you for helping us to grow the Mark Twain Circle. 


Kerry Driscoll, President

Larry Howe, Vice-president??? 

Larry Howe

Professor of English & Film Studies

Department of Literature and Languages

Roosevelt University

Vice-president, Mark Twain Circle of America