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Ben Tarnoff, author of The Bohemians: Mark Twain & the San Francisco Writer Who Reinvented American Literature, gave the keynote address at the 8th International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies, hosted by the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College. Tarnoff’s talk, “Vulgarity from Below, Vulgarity from Above: Twain in the Age of Trump,” creatively addresses the most common and confounding question addressed to Twain scholars in 2017: What would Mark Twain think of these times we live Read more…

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