Friends; first, thanks for this, & thanks mainly to you David.
2nd: I'm a little surprised there has been no response to David's
conclusions, here on the Twain Forum, which do appear definitive. Then
again, maybe it's not that surprising that nobody has responded, I suppose,
given the constraints of civil behavior. (One might wonder about the
currency of civility, given our odd presidential campaign season so far).
3rd: It was a fun ride while it lasted, laced with ironies; & quite a
tale, in any event. 'nuff said ... -hb
On Wed, Feb 24, 2016 at 9:09 AM, Taylor Roberts <[log in to unmask]>
> [The following email was written by David Carkeet. I am posting it on his
> behalf. -TR]
> Most Forum members are aware of Susan Bailey=E2=80=99s book THE TWAIN
> (co-authored by Deborah Gosselin), which sets forth the theory that Susan
> is Samuel Clemens=E2=80=99s great-granddaughter. As many of you know, I
> e been
> researching this claim and the support cited for it, both documentary and
> genetic. I have finished the study, and unfortunately my conclusion is that
> Susan was mistaken in her belief. I have written up my findings, and the
> report has just been posted on twainquotes.com.
> The report is written for the general reader unfamiliar with the subject,
> so it is both an introduction to the story and a consideration of the
> evidence. In the course of my work, I had massive help from many Twainians,
> almost all of them named in the report at one point or another, but a
> special thanks goes to Barb Schmidt for her steady and insightful
> assistance throughout.
> Thanks too to these collections for permission to publish previously
> unpublished photos and documents: Burton Historical Collection, Detroit
> Public Library; Kevin Mac Donnell, Mac Donnell Rare Books, Austin, Texas;
> L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Brigham Young University; Mark Twain
> House and Museum, Hartford; Mark Twain Project, Bancroft Library,
> University of California, Berkeley.
> If you have questions about the report, I will be happy to answer them.
> --David Carkeet [log in to unmask]
Prof. Harold K. Bush
Professor of English
Saint Louis University
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