“And that has made all the difference.”: Scaffolding Mark Twain’s Poetry

Building on work from the Summer Teachers Institute, Jocelyn Chadwick and Matt Seybold discuss using Mark Twain’s comedic verse to prepare students for Robert Frost’s much-anthologized “The Road Not Taken.”

Lecture on Twain’s complicated view of the Hawaiian landscape now available

Ryan Heryford is an Assistant Professor of Environmental Literature in the Department of English at California State University, East Bay

Broken Idol: An Encomium For Hal Bush

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 […]

The Invisible Home of Frederick Douglass, John W. Jones, & Mark Twain with Jill Spivey Caddell & Shirley Samuels

Special Emancipation Week Episode of The American Vandal Podcast!

The Fickle Affections of The Elmira Advertiser For Frederick Douglass

How did the editor of a paper that was habitually rude to Frederick Douglass end up with the manuscript of his Emancipation Day speech?

Even If He Weren’t My Friend: Frederick Douglass & Mark Twain

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.