Mark Twain would have loved the World Wide Web!

For one thing, it's the latest gadget -- and Twain was always a sucker
for gadgets. It's no accident, for instance, that "The Adventures of Tom
Sawyer," for all its evocation of life in a drowsy frontier village, was the
first book ever written on the new-fangled "typewriting machine."

More to the point, if Twain were still with us, he would be the first to see
in the Web a fresh opportunity to practice one of his favorite forms of
recreation -- making himself conspicuous. And of course, as a self-
described "citizen of the world," he would have felt right at home with
the Web's instantaneous, planet-girdling capabilities.

Here's our annotated list of some outstanding Mark Twain-related
sites and other resources on the Internet. Cruise them at your leisure,
and please let us know if you find any new ones -- or e-mail us with
your comments or suggestions.  

  • "About Mark Twain" is a rich, many-faceted compilation of
    Web resources by or about Mark Twain maintained by Jim
    Zwick, a Syracuse University scholar who takes a special
    interest in Twain's late, fervently anti-imperialist writings.
    Zwick's pages on Mark Twain and the Spanish-American war
    brings together many of the author's most colorful and stinging
    observations on a subject that seems, if anything, even more
    pertinent 100 years on;

  • "Mark Twain in His Times,"  is a huge, lavishly illustrated
    "electronic archive" created by Prof. Stephen Railton and others
    at the University of Virginia. Using contemporary texts and
    illustrations, they explore how Twain's work's (including and
    especially the "Mark Twain" persona itself) were created and
    received during the humorist's own lifetime;  

  • "The Twain Web" is the official web site of the Mark Twain
    Forum, an unmoderated Internet discussion group. Originally
    Established "for those with a scholarly interest in the life and
    works of Mark Twain," the MT Forum is in fact an extremely
    friendly and democratic group of 300 or so correspondents,
    with or without academic credentials but sharing a sincere
    interest in an amazing range of Twain-related topics and
    projects. Subscription information is available at the Forum's

  • Barbara Schmidt's Mark Twain Website, also known as
    "Twainquotes.com," is the most comprehensive online
    collection of Mark Twain quotations, along with newspaper
    collections, photos, articles and such amazing resources as a
    comprehensive publication list of all Mark Twain's known
    newspaper and magazine interviews. Barbara Schmidt, who
    publishes it, is an independent researcher, writer and
    consultant for a slew of terrific Mark Twain-related projects.

  • Free Mark Twain post cards courtesy of Jim Zwick. Choose
    from two dozen vintage illustrated postcards and share some
    of Twain's wit and wisdom by sending free electronic postcards
    along with your personal message.
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"A Private Word", two-page note
attributed to Mark Twain, August 1902.
Letters written by Jean Clemens and
Susan Crane in 1902-03 to Millard and
Grace Sewall, the Clemens' recent
hosts  York Harbor, Maine.
Jean Clemens to Millard Sewell, Oct. 16, 1902

Jean Clemens to Grace Sewall, Oct. 23, 1902

Susan Crane to Grace Sewall, Oct. 31, 1902

Jean Clemens to Grace Sewall, Nov. 11, 1902

Jean Clemens to Millard Sewall, Dec. 16, 1902

Jean Clemens to Grace Sewall, Feb. 16, 1902

Susan Crane to Grace Sewall, Sept. 28, 1903
5 Photos taken by Jean Clemens at Wave Hill (the Clemens'
Riverdale, NY home) and Quarry Farm, Elmira.
Mark Twain

Peter Salwen's Mark
Twain Page

"Better Than It Sounds"
(the musical Mark

Mark Twain, "The Belle
of New York"

The Quotable Mark

Mark Twain & Walt

Is "Huck Finn" Racist?

Twain in Cyberspace