Eighth International Conference on The State of Mark Twain Studies (Video)

Alan Gribben, Editor of the Mark Twain Journal, and Irene Wong, managing editor, traveled to Elmira, New York for this quadrennial conference (the 8th) on the State of Mark Twain Studies. Gribben and the late Darryl Baskin of Elmira College were instrumental in starting this conference in 1989. Click here for video of  “Eighth International…

“Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Expelled: Censorship and the Classroom” (2017 essay)

“Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer Expelled: Censorship and the Classroom,” Critical Insights: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,  ed. R. Kent Rasmussen (Ipswich, MA: Salem Press, 2017), pp. 65-80.   Link to Critical Insights book “Professor Gribben himself recounts, for the first time at length in print, the full story of the NewSouth editions. He also discusses the impact…

“Mark Twain’s Earliest Reading Experiences”

“Alan Gribben participated in a Quarry Farm Symposium: “Mark Twain and Youth” with a paper and PowerPoint presentation about “Mark Twain’s Earliest Literary Experiences.” What Samuel Clemens read as a boy in Hannibal is a tantalizing but essentially unanswerable question. Only a few hints in his later writings suggest the types of books to which…