A Visit to the Mark Twain House

       I’ve mentioned a few times that Mark Twain is one of my favorite authors.  I just really like his style and sense of humor.  Returning home from Mohegan Sun recently, my wife and I visited the Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. 

       Now I’ve never been big on museums.  But this one was different in that we received a guided tour through the house (very large, but not considered a mansion, according to our guide).  It was interesting to see the designs of the 19th century.  But I won’t labor you with the details of our tour.  Rather, I’ll share with you some of the facts about Mark Twain that I picked up, such as:   

     – Twain was born in Hannibal, Missouri as Samuel Langhorne Clemens – but most of us know that.  What you may not know is the origin of his pen name.  As a young man, he became a pilot of a Mississippi steamboat.  The leadsman on the boat told the pilot the depth of the river by immersing a weighted rope marked for each fathom (6 feet).  When the depth was 2 fathoms (12 feet), the leadsman would yell, “Mark Twain” (two marks).  Thus Mark Twain was born!

     – Although banned in many cities and states (ridiculously, in my opinion), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was actually an attack on racism.  In Twain’s words, it was “a book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision, and conscience suffers defeat.”

     – Twain was a traveler, and the only 2 continents that he did not visit were Antarctica and South America.  (Interesting…the only 2 I have not visited are Antarctica and Africa.)

     – In fact, in a statement against racism, Twain wrote that “man is the cruelest animal,” and called our country “the United States of Lyncherdom.”

     – Posted prominently in the gift shop there is one of my favorite Twain quotes:  “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.”  How appropriate!

       And one of the highlights for me was the Lego statue of Twain – can you spot him?   The house is certainly worth a visit, and is only a couple of hours from Times Square. 

Feel free to leave a comment, and please come back often – I write and post every day!  And if you like what I have to say and how I say it, you’ll probably enjoy my novels as well.  They’re listed below, and you can read more about them on my website, http://www.randolphmase.com.  In the near future, I’ll have excerpts of my books that you can read, accessible through my site.  Please check it out!   

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Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer



My Novels:

Death on Broadway

Death Beneath the Streets

Death in Central Park

Death in The Cloisters (under construction)

Nathan Hale


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