Mark Twain’s complicated relationship with music reveals much about his writing process, personality, politics, and family relationships.
Listen to & learn about “Good Night, Dear Heart,” a composition by Elmira native, Dan Forrest, based upon Susy Clemens’s headstone.
By 1878 Sam Clemens had accomplished substantial wealth and fame and was living comfortably with his wife Livy and their family near Hartford, Connecticut. Yet something important was missing. A wide gap persisted between his personal cultural development and that of his upscale neighbors and social circles in the Hartford area. Sam and Livy resolved to fix this gap by extended travel and cultural study in Western Europe. Beginning in […]
A train rumbles through the city of Elmira. The tracks are at least three miles away, and I can hear it as a distant echo. I think of the past and the future here at Quarry Farm. It’s 4:00 A.M. and a cat, the cat, of the house has developed a habit of strolling through my room in the middle of the night like a young man entering a party […]