Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Samuel Langhorne Clemens
– Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division

Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)

Missouri-born Samuel Clemens is best known by his pen name Mark Twain. The author, lecturer, humorist, and sometime inventor moved to Hartford in 1871, shortly after marrying Olivia Langdon. There, in the Nook Farm area inhabited by literary talents, social reformers, and other accomplished individuals, the couple built a home that is today the Mark Twain House & Museum. While living in Hartford from 1874 to 1891, Twain wrote such works as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. From 1891 on, Twain traveled abroad, wrote, struggled with his own and family illnesses, and lived in New York City. He died at Stormfield, his new home in Redding, Connecticut.


Mark Twain with his friend, John Lewis

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“Mark Twain Project.” California Digital Library, 2012. Link.
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“Twain’s Bookshelf.” New York Times, 2010. Link.


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“Guide to the Samuel Clemens Collection.” Yale University, 2016. Link.
Clemens, Samuel L. Patent Number 140,245 - Improvement in Scrap-Books. 140,245. Hartford,  CT, issued 1873. Link.
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