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This is the official guide to The Mark Twain House & Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the author's home, literary legacy, and life story. Author Steve Courtney, the organization's Publicist and Publications Editor, conducts a journey back to the Gilded Age, when the celebrated author and humorist was known as Mr. Samuel Clemens of Hartford, Connecticut. Reade This is the official guide to The Mark Twain House & Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the author's home, literary legacy, and life story. Author Steve Courtney, the organization's Publicist and Publications Editor, conducts a journey back to the Gilded Age, when the celebrated author and humorist was known as Mr. Samuel Clemens of Hartford, Connecticut. Readers can venture inside "the loveliest home that ever was" for an illustrated tour that offers intimate glimpses of the writer, his wife, and their daughters within their Victorian mansion. Abundantly illustrated with architectural drawings and period photos, this volume also features dozens of recent color images. Built in the American Gothic tradition, the richly appointed house features the decorative work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and contains many souvenirs of family trips to Europe. During the seventeen years that he lived in the Hartford home, Sam Clemens completed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), along with The Prince and the Pauper (1881) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), in addition to countless lectures, magazine pieces, and stories improvised for the children's delight. The narrative traces the house's history beyond the Clemens family's residence, from its 1903 sale to its current status as a lovingly preserved and restored National Historic Landmark.


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This is the official guide to The Mark Twain House & Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the author's home, literary legacy, and life story. Author Steve Courtney, the organization's Publicist and Publications Editor, conducts a journey back to the Gilded Age, when the celebrated author and humorist was known as Mr. Samuel Clemens of Hartford, Connecticut. Reade This is the official guide to The Mark Twain House & Museum, an institution dedicated to preserving the author's home, literary legacy, and life story. Author Steve Courtney, the organization's Publicist and Publications Editor, conducts a journey back to the Gilded Age, when the celebrated author and humorist was known as Mr. Samuel Clemens of Hartford, Connecticut. Readers can venture inside "the loveliest home that ever was" for an illustrated tour that offers intimate glimpses of the writer, his wife, and their daughters within their Victorian mansion. Abundantly illustrated with architectural drawings and period photos, this volume also features dozens of recent color images. Built in the American Gothic tradition, the richly appointed house features the decorative work of Louis Comfort Tiffany and contains many souvenirs of family trips to Europe. During the seventeen years that he lived in the Hartford home, Sam Clemens completed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), along with The Prince and the Pauper (1881) and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), in addition to countless lectures, magazine pieces, and stories improvised for the children's delight. The narrative traces the house's history beyond the Clemens family's residence, from its 1903 sale to its current status as a lovingly preserved and restored National Historic Landmark.

34 review for "The Loveliest Home That Ever Was": The Story of the Mark Twain House in Hartford

  1. 5 out of 5

    Terri Naughton

    I had always wanted to visit the Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, and finally got a chance to do so last month. I was a bit disappointed that no photography was allowed inside the house, so bought this book at the gift shop because it had great color photographs of the house interior. However, I was happy to find that this book is so much more...the author has given a lot of details of Sam Clemens' life, career and character. A great mini-biography of the man and his family, as well as a gu I had always wanted to visit the Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut, and finally got a chance to do so last month. I was a bit disappointed that no photography was allowed inside the house, so bought this book at the gift shop because it had great color photographs of the house interior. However, I was happy to find that this book is so much more...the author has given a lot of details of Sam Clemens' life, career and character. A great mini-biography of the man and his family, as well as a guide to this fabulous house and its history.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    What better way to get the details and feel for someone's life than to walk through his house? Lucky for us, Sam Clemens marvelous riverboat of a mansion is now a museum in Hartford, and this book, written by one of the curators, gives a first-rate panorama of Mark Twain at home. Lovely pictures, well written, great details. What better way to get the details and feel for someone's life than to walk through his house? Lucky for us, Sam Clemens marvelous riverboat of a mansion is now a museum in Hartford, and this book, written by one of the curators, gives a first-rate panorama of Mark Twain at home. Lovely pictures, well written, great details.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jim Blessing

    I visited this house recently when I was in Hartford

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christina Gagliano

    Not crazy about the style but the content and the photos are excellent.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tom Farrell

    True to it's title. True to it's title.

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