Posts Tagged ‘Mark Twain’

The Mark Twain Centennial

April 29, 2010

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.

A young Sam Clemens, better known as Mark Twain

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.

Listen to the story.

On the Delta Queen riverboat, Roy Morris, Jr. signs copies of his Mark Twain biography.

Morris's Mark Twain biography.

The Delta Queen

A New Biography Reveals Mark Twain’s Transformation

March 30, 2010


Iconic American author Mark Twain died exactly one hundred years ago this April.  To commemorate that, events are happening all over the nation.  Here in Chattanooga, Roy Morris Jr. will have a book signing on the Delta Queen riverboat on Thursday, April 22nd.

Morris’s book is called Lighting Out For the Territory… how Samuel Clemens Headed Out West, and Became Mark Twain.

Many biographies of Twain have been written, but this one focuses on a lesser-known part of Twain’s life… his six-year journey to the wild West, where young Sam Clemens developed his persona and his literary style, transforming himself into Mark Twain.

Visit Simon and Schuster’s Roy Morris Jr. page.

Listen to Roy Morris Jr. on Around and About, discussing his new biography of Mark Twain.


Where: The Delta Queen riverboat in downtown Chattanooga

What: Author Roy Morris Jr. will be speaking, taking questions, and signing books.  Morris wrote a new biography of Mark Twain called Lighting Out For the Territory… how Samuel Clemens Headed Out West, and Became Mark Twain.

When: Thurs., April 22 at 5:30pm in the Orleans Room on the Delta Queen.