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EadieB
Twain's End | Lynn Cullen
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#TwainsEnd #LynnCullen #BookSpinBingo

In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction.”

EadieB Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain‘s life to a woman he was determined to destroy? 1w
EadieB In Twain‘s End, Lynn Cullen “cleverly spins a mysterious, dark tale” (Booklist) about the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne‘s husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain‘s Connecticut home in 1909. 1w
EadieB Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully kept veneers shatter.
Based on Isabel Lyon‘s extant diary, Twain‘s writings, letters, photographs, and events in Twain‘s boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain‘s End triumphs as “a tender evocation of a vain, complicated man‘s twilight years and a last chance at love”
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EadieB This book is very interesting and has changed my way of thinking about “America's Sweetheart“ Mark Twain. It is about the relationship between Isabel Lyon and Samuel Clemens which turned sour after she married his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft, which he blessed. After one month, he fired both and wrote a ferocious 429 page rant and slandered Isabel and erased her seven years of devoted service to their family. 1w
EadieB If you love historical biographies, then you would love this book. 1w
Andrew65 Great review. 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 Thanks! 1w
TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 1w
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Bohomoxie
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“The unforgettable story of the birth of modern America and the western writers who gave voice to its emerging identity.” This book details the travels and adventures of Mark Twain and other writers seeking their own style. This season was a drawing line in the sand, if you will, for Mark Twain. I‘ve changed my Litsy handle because my previous one offended someone. I never meant to do that. But out of the ash, I‘ve been inspired 🌸

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 1mo
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Zoes_Human
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Panpan

Mark Twain is very funny when he's punching up or even across, but man! Every time he gets to a brown country in here he's all like “Savages!“ Fucking colonialism. And he was forward thinking for his time. Whew. I'm moving on at page 90. Plenty to read in the world. #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks I've never tried this one, although I do have Tom Sawyer on my Classics list because it's been so long since I read it. 2mo
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks I've reread Huckleberry Finn recently, and I still enjoyed it and felt it had a lot to say that was still relevant. However, I think it's a complicated book to make required reading for teens, especially Black teens. 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I agree, I don't think it's a book that should just be arbitrarily tossed at school-aged kids, but I think in the right situation it can lead to some good discussion and analysis. He can be a very nuanced writer. 2mo
Zoes_Human @TheAromaofBooks Absolutely agreed. If we gave teachers the space and time they need to truly teach what we ask them to teach, Huckleberry Finn has SO much space for discussion and analysis that applies to real world choices. It also has a lot of good entry points for complicated discussions about race, deliberate racism, and racial bias. There's simply no way to have those discussions in a classroom right now though. 2mo
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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JuliaTheBookNerd
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Finally back to my #BookshelfTour with shelf 15/21

My favorite here is Shel Silverstein! I absolutely loved his poems growing up 🥰

#ShelSilverstein #KathyReichs #Preston&Child #TomClancy #DanielSilva #KenFollett #AnnPatchett #MayaAngelou #RobinSloan #ThomasHarris #GeorgeOrwell #MarkTwain #DavidSedaris #TrevorNoah

#BookNerd 💙📚🤓

Nute Oh, so happy to see you doing this again. Beautiful! 2mo
marleed Oh I have a Shel Silverstein stack, as well. I also keep my cd of Dr Hooks greatest hits on the stack, as well, since Shel penned the lyrics of so many of their songs! 2mo
Alfoster That‘s great! Brings me back to elementary school when my elder daughter won a poetry reciting contest with one of his! (Spaghetti)??? 2mo
vivastory I wouldn't be on Litsy if it wasn't for Shel Silverstein. A childhood favorite that nurtured my love for reading. 2mo
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Saknicole
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It is really hard to take a square selfie with face and shirt in one 😂 So the shirt wins. I love this #outofprint Twain shirt. @Kimberlone knows that Twain love. Someday I want to be rich enough for us to golden girl it down the Mississippi in a steamboat #Twain #teachersoflitsy

Kimberlone OMG YAS #lifegoals #bucketlist too bad it‘s too late for us to also enjoy a live Hal Holbrook performance 😢 2mo
Saknicole @Kimberlone RIP 🪦 HAL HOLBROOK, the second coming of Twain. 2mo
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VioletMoonBooks
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KathyWheeler Sounds like he was indeed a closet fanboy! Who hate reads something multiple times? 😄 3mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Mehso-so

I think I preferred Tom Sawyer, but that might have just been the narrator. Elijah Wood did a good job mind you, I just really love Nick Offerman.

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VioletMoonBooks
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Velvetfur I am LOVING these inspirational quotes you're posting lately 😊 3mo
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