2021 Quarry Farm Symposium “150th Anniversary of ROUGHING IT”

Roughing It, Chpt.7 (1872)

The Mark Twain Annual will commemorate the sesquicentennial of Roughing It in 2022 with a special issue devoted to Mark Twain and the West. The Annual is seeking article-length submissions that examine Twain’s relationship to all aspects of the American West.

This broad scope allows for critical examinations of Twain’s work as:

  • Western regionalist writing
  • Twain and indigenous peoples
  • Twain and immigrant populations
  • Commentary on the American frontier
  • Twain and domestic travel
  • Twain’s Western journalism
  • The West as a shaping force on his development as an artist
  • The circle of writers Twain encountered out West and their continued relationship
  • Twain and contemporary Western writers

While Twain and the West has been the subject of numerous studies since the early twentieth century, this special issue seeks to explore what in recent years has become somewhat forgotten territory in Twain’s fictive and nonfictive writings.

In addition to being published in The Annual, authors will have the opportunity to be part of the Eighth Quarry Farm Symposium program sponsored by the Center for Mark Twain Studies in Elmira, New York. The symposium will be held in October 2021, one year prior to publication of The Annual.

Those interested should submit a 150-word proposal to Ben Click at [email protected] by March 31, 2021.


Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made before July 1, 2021 when the symposium
program needs to finalized. Final manuscripts for publication in The Annual must be submitted by December 15, 2021.
Selected essays should be 4,000-8,000 words in length, but longer essays of more than 8,000 words will also be
considered.

The purpose of the symposium is to create an intimate atmosphere in which particpants can discuss and ask questions
of each other’s works before publication. As a result, willingness to attend the symposium will be a consideration in
final manuscript publication decisions.

The symposium will begin on Friday, October 1, 2021 with a dinner in Cowles Hall, less than 100 yards away from
the historic Mark Twain Study, followed by the keynote address. The symposium will continue throughout the next
day with presentations and discussions in the tranquil atmosphere of Quarry Farm, where breakfast, lunch, a cocktail
hour, and dinner will also be served. Registrants will be invited back to Quarry Farm on Sunday morning to enjoy the
autumnal breakfast and casual discussions.

DATES: Friday, October 1, 2021 to Sunday, October 3, 2021
HOUSING: Special rates at the Elmira Riverside Holiday Inn
COST: $175 – Price includes five full meals, with beer/wine at dinners, and a conference program
NOTE: Due to the fragile nature of Quarry Farm, the symposium will be limited to 40 attendees

Attention Graduate Students: CMTS will waive all registrations fees and provide free lodging for a select number of
graduate students. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact Joseph Lemak at [email protected].