Death at Christmastime: Mark Twain & The Music of Merciful Release

Mark Twain spent much of the last decade of his life in mourning. Music became the centerpiece of his grieving process. Matt Seybold unwraps Twain’s personal soundtrack to loss and remembrance.

Black Lives Matter at Quarry Farm

In “A True Story,” written at Quarry Farm in 1874, Mark Twain frankly acknowledges his ignorance of black experience. Larry Howe discusses how Twain uses the story to check his own privilege and amplify the voice of a black woman, Mary Ann Cord.

Life, In Purgatory (A Twainiac Quarantine Diary)

Our resident scholar discusses the resonance of Mark Twain’s “Was it Heaven? Or Hell?” during the COVID-19 pandemic.