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Steve Courtney <[log in to unmask]>
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Mon, 7 Dec 2020 12:07:22 +0000
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I’m in the awkward position of hoping you’ll tune in to a Mark Twain House virtual event which is highlighted by a picture of me, but like the Trinitarian deity, it’s really a three-in-one deal.
On Wednesday, December 9, at 5:30 p.m. I will be chatting with Assistant Curator Mallory Howard on the paperback publication of The Letters of Mark Twain and Joseph Hopkins Twichell, which some may recall came out a couple of years ago in hardcover. Now it’s cheaper, and Christmas is coming!
And as I mentioned, it’s the work of three: Pete Messent, who guided it editorially through two complicated versions and wrote the invaluable accompanying text; Hal Bush, whose idea it was in the first place and who transcribed the bulk of the letters; and me, who joined in later to supply some footnotes and biographical info. Each of us came to an interest in the Twain-Twichell friendship from entirely different directions, which I think provided a good mix!
Mallory Howard is a delightful human being to chat with about anything – as well as being a curator and scholar she is the person at the Mark Twain House who comes closest to Mark’s skills at storytelling. I’ll also be reading from a few of the funny, moving, argumentative and affectionate missives that make up this collection – “Two friends talking,” as Hal Holbrook expressed it in his cover blurb.
It’s part of “The Trouble Begins at 5:30” series, which celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. To register for Wednesday evening’s free virtual event, follow this link:

Steve Courtney, Curatorial Volunteer
The Mark Twain House & Museum
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105

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