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I have extracted the following from the conference brochure from the
Mark Twain House and wanted to share it with all Mark Twain Forum members.
For further information, contact the Mark Twain House at the number
listed at the end of this message. Hope to see many of you there.
                                                        ---Kevin B.

1997 Spring Twain Symposium
Saturday, March 8, 1997


The Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, Connecticut 06105


The Mark Twain House's symposium, "Mark Twain: A Legacy in
Writing," will provide fresh observations about Twain's writing
style, the influences on his work, and the message behind his words
by a distinguished group of contemporary writers and Twain
scholars. Roundtable discussions will address the author's major
works such as _The Adventures of Tom Sawyer_ and _A Connecticut
Yankee in King Arthur's Court_ as well as equally important yet
lesser known writings such as _Is Shakespeare Dead?_ and _How To
Tell a Story._

This year's symposium honors the publication of The Oxford Mark
Twain by Oxford University Press in the fall of 1996. A collection
of facsimile first edition works by Twain, each of the 29 volumes
includes a foreword and afterword by notable figures. "Mark Twain:
A Legacy In Writing" brings together many of these individuals who
worked on the project to examine both the appeal and the challenge
of Mark Twain's works.

The conference will be held at the Aetna Life & Casualty Home
Office Auditorium at 151 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut,
just 4 blocks east of The Mark Twain House.

Connecticut teachers can receive .6 Continuing Education Units
(CEUs) for attending this conference (see registration form). The
Mark Twain House is a Connecticut State Department of
Education-approved CEU provider (provider #677).

Registrants showing their symposium admission ticket will receive
a 10% discount in The Mark Twain House Museum Shop during the
weekend of the symposium. The Oxford Mark Twain is available at the
Museum Shop.

The Mark Twain House is the author's Hartford home, his primary
residence from 1874 to 1891. A National Register Historic Landmark
since 1963, the house was commissioned by Mark Twain (Samuel
Langhorne Clemens), designed by Edward Tuckerman Potter, and
decorated in 1881 by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Associated Artists.
The Mark Twain House is open year-round, Monday and Wednesday
through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
The museum is open seven days a week from Memorial Day through
October 15 and in December. The last tour leaves at 4 p.m. daily.
For tour information, please call (860) 493-6411; for program
information call (860) 247-0998.

Mark Twain: A Legacy in Writing;



Russell Banks

Russell Banks is the critically acclaimed author of _Continental
Drift_ (1985) and most recently _Rule of the Bone_ (1995). He also
teaches Creative Writing at Princeton University. Russell Banks
wrote the Preface to Volume VII, _A Tramp Abroad._


Roy Blount, Jr.

Roy Blount is a noted humorist whose books include _Camels Are Easy
Comedy's Hard_ (1991) and _Roy Blount's Book of Southern Humor_
(1994). He is a contributing editor of THE ATLANTIC and MEN'S
JOURNAL. Mr. Blount wrote the Preface for Volume I, _The Celebrated
Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches._


David Bradley

The author of two novels, _South Street_ (1975) and _The
Chaneysville Incident_ (1981), which was awarded the 1982
PEN/Faulkner Prize, David Bradley is currently completing a non-
fiction book, _The Bondage Hypothesis: Meditations on Race, History
and America._ He wrote the Preface for Volume XIX, _How To Tell a


Louis J. Budd
Writer/Professor of English, Duke University

Dr. Budd is the nation's pre-eminent Twain scholar. He has
published _Mark Twain: Social Philosopher_ (1962) and _Mark Twain
Collected Tales, Sketches, Speeches and Essays_ (in two volumes).
Dr. Budd wrote the Afterword for Volume Xl, _A Connecticut Yankee
in King Arthur's Court._


E.L. Doctorow

_The Book of Daniel_ (1970) started E. L. Doctorow's penchant for
interweaving the facts of history with fiction. He utilized this
style in _Ragtime_ (1975) as well as the 1990 National Book Critics
Circle award winner, _Billy Bathgate_. He also teaches Creative
Writing in the English Department of New York University. E.L.
Doctorow wrote the Preface for Volume VI, _The Adventures of Tom


Victor Doyno
Professor of English, State University
of New York - Buffalo

Victor Doyno is a scholar of Twain's _Adventures of Huckleberry
Finn._ He has published the newest edition of this work (complete
with chapters missing until 1995) as well as _Writing Huck Finn_
(1991). Dr. Doyno wrote the Afterword for Volume X, _Adventures of
Huckleberry Finn._


Shelley Fisher Fishkin
Writer/Professor of American Studies,
University of Texas

Dr. Fisher Fishkin broke new ground in Twain studies with her _Was
Huck Black? Mark Twain and African-American Voices._ Her most
recent book is _Lighting Out For The Territory_ (1996). Dr. Fisher
Fishkin is the editor of _The Oxford Mark Twain._


Susan Harris
Professor of English,
Pennsylvania State University

Susan Harris has written many articles pertaining to the role of
women as both characters and influences on literature. Her most
recent publication, _The Courtship of Olivia Langdon and Mark
Twain_ (1996), focuses on the early years of the marriage of Olivia
and Samuel Clemens. Dr. Harris wrote the Afterword for Volume XVII,
_The Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc._


Judith Martin
Social Columnist/Author

"Born a perfect lady in an imperfect society," Judith Martin has
been writing her Miss Manners column since 1978, for nationwide
distribution. She has written several books on etiquette including
_Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium_(1989) and two
novels, _Style and Substance_ (1986) and _Giblet: A Comedy of
Manners_ (1982). Ms. Martin wrote the Preface for Volume VIII, _The
Prince and the Pauper._


Bobbie Ann Mason

Starting with her best-selling _In Country_, Bobbie Ann Mason
exhibits a passion for the people and places in her native
Kentucky. She earns more fans with every new work including _Spence
+ Lila_ (1988) and, most recently, _Feather Crowns_ (1993). Ms.
Mason wrote the Preface for Volume XII, _The American Claimant._


James Miller
Professor of English and American Studies,
Trinity College

Dr. Miller's publications include "African-American Cultural
Politics of the 1930s." He also served as editor for _Approaches to
Teaching Wright's Native Son_. Dr. Miller wrote the Afterword for
Volume XXVIII, _Extracts from Captain Stormfield's Visit to


Willie Morris

A former editor at _Harper's Magazine_, Mr. Morris interweaves his
own life in the American South into his writings such as _Good Old
Boy_ and _Yazoo_. Mr. Morris wrote the Preface to Volume XX, _Life
on the Mississippi_.


Cynthia Ozick

Cynthia Ozick explores the conflict between sacred and profane
while mixing fantasy, comedy, satire, and Judaic law and history in
such works as _The Pagan Rabbi and Other Stories_ and _Levitation:
Five Fictions._ Her most recent work is _Fame & Folly_, published
in 1996. Ms. Ozick wrote the Preface for Volume XXII, _The Man Who
Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories._


David E. E. Sloane
Professor of English University of New Haven

Dr. Sloane's publications include _Mark Twain's Humor: Critical
Essays_ (1993) and _Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: American Comic
Vision_ (1988). He is president of the American Humor Studies
Association and a past president of the Mark Twain Circle. Dr.
Sloane wrote the Afterword for Volume II, _The Innocents Abroad._


David L. Smith
Professor of English, Williams College

Dr. Smith specializes in American Literature of the late nineteenth
and twentieth centuries, focusing on fiction, Southern authors, and
African-American literature. Author of _Racial Writing, Black and
White_, Dr. Smith has also addressed racial and political
interpretations of the arts. Dr. Smith wrote the Afterword for
Volume XVI, _The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and The Comedy of
Those Extraordinary Twins._



Mark Twain:A Legacy in Writing
Saturday, March 8, 1997, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

If more than one person is registering, please attach names,
addresses, phone numbers, and school/organizations on a separate
sheet of paper.



School/Organization (if any):________________________________


Connecticut teachers check here to register for .6 CEUs. ____

You may charge your tickets
by completing the following: ____ MC ___ Visa

Name on card:__________________________________________________

Account #:__________________________ Expiration Date: _________

Signature (required):__________________________________________


Symposium Registration Fee
(includes buffet lunch and garage parking)


General Public: $50

Number of persons: ___________ Enclosed: $______________________


Members of The Mark Twain House: $40

Number of persons: ___________ Enclosed: $______________________


Full-time students: $25
(copy of current student ID is required for college students)

Number of persons: ___________ Enclosed: $______________________

                  Total Amount Enclosed: $______________________

Tickets and information packets will be sent upon receipt
of registration form and payment. For more information call (860)
247-0998 or FAX (860) 278-8148. Tickets are non-refundable.
Reservations for the program must be received by Monday, March 3, 1997.

Send your registration to:

Twain Symposium
The Mark Twain House
351 Farmington Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105

Become a member of The Mark Twain House.

Enjoy this and future symposia at a discount while supporting
programs at the restored home of one of America's best-loved

Mark Twain House Membership:

$25  National
$35  Individual
$85  Supporting
$150 Sustaining

Clemens Circle Membership:

$500   Fellow
$1,000 Benefactor
$2,500 Patron

For information about membership, call (860) 247-0998.

A reduced rate of $69 for rooms at the Hastings Hotel and
Conference Center (located across the street from the conference
site) is available for symposium registrants. To receive this rate,
call 1-800-777-7803 and ask for the Twain Symposium rate.