Mark Twain Forum Reviews: Twain at Sea, edited by Eric Paul Roorda

…of his major travel books. More general accounts of his travels and travel writings form an entire genre. A representative sampling of the latter are Charles Neider’s Travels of Mark…

150 Years of Innocents Abroad: The American Vandal in Venice

…by Twain scholars who have done extensive research and writing about the travel book and the voyage it describes. “Travel has no longer any charm for me. I have seen…

Center for Mark Twain Studies Offers Travel Grant for “Humor in America 2018” in Chicago

…is offering a $500 grant to support travel and registration for a graduate student or emerging scholar presenting at the conference. The award will be distributed to eligible participants selected…

Past Quadrennial Conferences and Symposia

travel writing The Chicago of Europe and Other Tales of Foreign Travel (Union Square Press, 2009). Second CMTS Symposium “en route: Mark Twain’s Travel Books: A Tramp Abroad and Following…

2019 Quarry Farm Fellows

travel writing in Chapter 4, “Pacific in Repose: Genial Travel Writing and the Lure of the Polynesia,” which focuses on the centrality of comic geniality to Americans’ visions of the…

Twain for Teachers: Huckleberry Finn in an Era of Resurgent Bigotry

A recent issue of NCTE’s English Journal includes a Special Section on “Teaching Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The editors open the section by acknowledging it “may offend some readers” and

Recalling “Epoch-Eclipse & Apocalypse” & Anticipating August 21 Eclipse

…swine provides an extreme instance of the realization that the line between reality and unreality is narrow. Hank’s burlesque narration reflects on the similarly subjective and ‘unrealistic’ nature of his…