Center for Mark Twain Studies
The Trouble Begins at Eight, Spring 2006 Series
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If you are unable to attend our series, consider listening online.
Within a week of each lecture, go to http://www.elmira.edu/twain
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Eight. Click on the appropriate audio file. Live audio recordings will
be available (with individual speakers' permission.)
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006, in the Barn at Quarry Farm, 8 p.m.
Mark Twain and the American Media Revolution
Bruce Michelson, Professor of American Literature, University of
Sam Clemens began his professional life as a "printer's devil," an
apprentice in a Hannibal shop -- and throughout his life he kept up a
keen interest in every phase of printing and publishing. Living through
the most dramatic changes in those media since the time of the
Gutenbergs, he tried to be a leader and a tycoon in these new
industries. In his prime years as an author, he involved himself in the
entire process of making a book. How did these interests affect the way
that Mark Twain wrote? What did he see as the possibilities of a printed
book -- as a multimedia experience, a national or global sensation, and
a cultural force? Amid a storm of printed words and pictures, how do his
hopes and fears about this media revolution turn up as important themes
in his most memorable books?
Doors open at 7:30. The Trouble Begins at Eight.