“Clemens” Signature Found in Mark Twain Cave

Cindy Lovell, former director of Mark Twain’s Boyhood Home and Museum, discovered Sam Clemens’s signature (among 250,000 other autographs) in a cave near Hannibal during the  2019 Clemens Conference.  Mark Twain scholars Kevin Mac Donnell and Alan Gribben authenticated the signature of a young Sam Clemens who made his mark on the wall. This story…

“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…