Mark Twain’s Literary Resources: A Reconstruction of His Library and Reading (Video Introduction)

COMING IN March 1, 2019  (ISBN 978-1-58838-343-3). Volume I examines the patterns of Twain’s acquisitions of books, investigates his reading and his marginal notations, follows the sad and bizarre fate of his book collection, considers the impact his reading had on his life and writings, and pulls the multitudinous scholarship on these topics into a comprehensive and accessible format.

Image of file boxes: I kept all the note cards that I made for the catalog of Mark Twain’s reading in small file boxes. Eventually the research filled file cabinets as I discovered more and more books, magazines, and newspapers that Twain read or owned.