This month is a special anniversary in the world of literature. It’s the Mark Twain Centennial… exactly 100 years since Mark Twain’s death. All over the United States, libraries, bookstores and museums are celebrating Twain’s legacy with readings and events.
In Twain’s obituary 100 years ago, The New York Times has said Twain was, “the greatest American humorist of his age,” and, quite possibly, the greatest American writer of fiction.
I wondered, is that still true? And is Twain’s legacy and influence still relevant today?
I interviewed Christopher Stuart, who teaches Twain’s books at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I also interviewed Roy Morris Jr., a biographer who noted the Twain Centennial with a reading on the Delta Queen riverboat.
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