The Mark Twain Circle of America

Center for Mark Twain Studies News

You can download and stream the recent talk by Ron Powers, see the spring lineup of speakers, and read an interesting article about students responding to sensitive texts by clicking on the webpage for Elmira College’s Center for Mark Twain Studies: http://marktwainstudies.com/

TwainSpotting: Twain and George Ade

The Library of America features Mark Twain and humorist George Ade in their “Story of the Week”: http://storyoftheweek.loa.org/

MLA 2019 Call for Papers

See the call for papers for MLA 2019 in Chicago under the calls for papers tab. Deadline is Mach 1. The topic is Mark Twain and Gender.

“Humor in America” Joint Conference

The Quadrennial Joint Conference between the Mark Twain Circle and the American Humor Studies Association, “Humor in America,” will be held on the campus of Roosevelt University in Chicago from July 12-14. The conference will feature two types of presentations: traditional paper sessions and roundtables. Each roundtable participant will speak for 7-9 minutes on a topic related to the larger theme. Paper presentations of 15-18 minutes will be represented in a traditional format moderated by a chair. The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2018. See the full call under the calls for papers tab.

TwainSpotting: Mark Twain’s Friendship With a University of Chicago Professor

https://mag.uchicago.edu/arts-humanities/elizabeth-wallace-king-and-i

TwainSpotting: Twain’s Money Woes

From the New Yorker: https://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-mark-twain-tried-to-get-rich-quick-again-and-again

 

TwainSpotting: Bill Murray on Twain!

Bill Murray recently performed an evening of literature and music accompanied by virtuoso friends Mira Wang on violin, Vanessa Perez on the piano, and Jan Vogler on Cello.

In addition to reading from Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, and Thurber, perhaps the highlight of the evening was a section from Huckleberry Finn .  The Chicago Sun-Times reported,
 
And there was more, including Murray’s fine rendering of the iconic section of Twain’s “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (later paired with a riff from Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”) in which Huck and Jim, the slave hellbent on freedom, drift along the Mississippi on a raft, and Huck is what we might now say “woke.”
And the Chicago Tribune:
And then there were two big set pieces that touched on contemporary American political and social issues in extremely subtle ways — a 15-minute chapter from Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in which Huck relates how he enabled the slave Jim to sail to freedom (the cellist’s “Moon River” was the inspired accompaniment), and “America” (from Bernstein’s “West Side Story”), with emphasis on the line “Puerto Rico’s in America.”
 
If there was any doubt, Murray showed that he earned his Mark Twain award.