Claremont Discourse Lecture: "Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years"

Wed., Oct. 27, 4:15 PM -- Founders Room, 2nd Floor, Honnold/Mudd Library
Laura Skandera Trombley, President of Pitzer College

In his last decade, Mark Twain's writings took a sharp turn in tone from colorful satire to outright bitterness. Some people point to the death of his wife and two of his daughters, but in her 1994 book, Mark Twain in the Company of Women, Laura Skandera Trombley decided to focus on a hidden figure: Isabel Van Kleek Lyon. In her latest book, Mark Twain's Other Woman, President Skandera Trombley describes Twain's relationship with Lyon--who might variously be described as Twain's companion, secretary, and nurse--and how that relationship went from dependency to Twain's furious and public denunciation of Lyon.

This lecture is free, open to all, and is followed by discussion and light refreshments.

FMI: Adam Rosenkranz

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