The Elmira College Center for Mark Twain Studies is pleased to announce
the upcoming Fall Lecture Series as follows:
Wednesday, September 9th
The Making of Mark Twain Day By Day: Rudyard Kipling Meets Mark Twain
David Fears Independent Scholar
Join David Fears as he shares his experiences compiling his massive work
-- an accounting of the daily life and times of Mark Twain. The focus of
this presentation will center on Fears' research efforts to determine
the exact date of Rudyard Kipling's visit to Quarry Farm in the summer
of 1889 -- a date heretofore variously referred to as occurring in the
"summer of 1889" (Paine), or as "July or August," or "one hot August
morning" in 1889 (Baetzhold).
Wednesday, September 16th
"It is no use to keep private information which you can't show off."
A Look at the Collections of the Mark Twain Archive
Mark Woodhouse Elmira College
The Mark Twain Archive in the Gannett-Tripp Library at Elmira College
houses many valuable and important items of interest to Twain scholars
and enthusiasts. In addition to fine collections of first and rare
editions, photographs and letters, there are many volumes from Clemens'
own library and from that of the Cranes at Quarry Farm containing marginal
comments by Clemens. There are also several unusual items including stones
on which Clemens wrote a three stanza verse to Mrs. Thomas Beecher and a
traveling trunk on the lid of which he made notes. Mark Woodhouse will show
some fine examples of items in the collection.
Wednesday, September 30th
Twain and Freud on Personality and Politics
Abraham Kupersmith Borough of Manhattan Community College,
City University of New York, Emeritus
Although at first glance Twain and Freud seem to constitute an unlikely
pairing, each formulated a comprehensive theory of individual and group
psychology and subsequently applied that understanding to the realms of
religion, morality, patriotism, and politics. The talk will focus on the
similarities and differences in their theories of personality and will
provide examples of how Twain's theory of personality is reflected in
the construction of some of his novels.
The full program is available at