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Barbara Schmidt <[log in to unmask]>
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Sat, 16 Aug 2014 07:52:13 -0500
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While Nina Gabrilowitsch's diaries located at Brigham Young University
are a key part of Nina and her family's life story -- a much more
complete picture emerges when the archive of Nina's personal letters
and photographs and home movies currently held by the Mark Twain House
in Hartford are studied.  Since publication of _The Twain Shall Meet_
and Taylor Roberts's very comprehensive review, new material not
included in the book has come to light.  This includes the identity of
the person who donated Nina's diaries to Brigham Young and how this
person and her family were connected to Nina. This also includes the
identify of at least one man Nina hoped to marry not long before her
death. In addition, the location and contents of yet another diary,
not at Brigham Young, and once owned by Nina's lawyer and heir to her
estate has been established.

While this story is not yet complete, what it does yield thus far for
Twain scholars is an insight into the family dynamics in which Clara
Clemens grew up and in which her own daughter was raised.  It is an
intriguing human interest story and one in which today's Mark Twain
scholars have the benefit of seeing played out as puzzle pieces come