Susan K. Harris and Bruce Michelson have been fixtures of Twain Studies since the 1980s. Their publications have helped shape the field during that time, but their contributions go well beyond books and articles.
Hal Holbrook was, briefly, an agent of the US government in the Cultural Cold War with the Soviet Union.
Viral apocrypha associated with January 6 hearings.
The midcentury resurgence of interest in Mark Twain’s life and work was fueled by the propaganda operations of both the U.S. and U.S.S.R.
Mark the 150th anniversary of the publication of Mark Twain’s Roughing It by joining a discussion of the book with CMTS’s resident scholar.
Get rich. Dishonestly if we can; honestly if we must.
Harold K. Bush, known to his friends as Hal, passed away earlier this week after a prolonged and finally unsuccessful recovery from a traumatic brain injury. Hal was a professor at St. Louis University and an acclaimed Twain scholar, probably best known for Mark Twain & The Spiritual Crisis of His Age (2007) and The Letters of Mark Twain & Joseph Hopkins Twichell (2017). His chapter on Twain in Continuing […]
How did the editor of a paper that was habitually rude to Frederick Douglass end up with the manuscript of his Emancipation Day speech?
Matt Seybold traces the relationship between Frederick Douglass and Mark Twain, asking whether Twain was in the audience for Douglass’s Emancipation Day speech in Elmira in 1880.
The search for the origin of this popular aphorism run through Dwight D. Eisenhower, “Bear” Bryant, and the B&O railroad!?!