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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Click on highlighted links to examine documents
"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.