Mark Twain: Humorist

Mark Twain:  Humorist – February 26, 2013


  • Idea:
    • Mark Twain (1835 to 1910) has been called “the greatest humorist of the 19th Century.”  He was a well-known American author, humorist and public speaker.  The Mark Twain prize, the country’s highest recognition for American humor, is named for him.
    • Twain was born Samuel Clemens and lived in Hannibal from age 4 to 17.   He wrote some of our best-loved classics including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.   He also wrote The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County which celebrated our own area of California.
    • He has been called “a chronicler of the vanities, hypocrisies and murderous acts of mankind.”   The actor Hal Holbrook played Twain on Broadway and in a CBS Television Network Special (Mark Twain Tonight).
  • Recommended Books: Tom Sawyer; Huckleberry Finn; The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County; and The Autobiography of Mark Twain, released after 100 years.
  • Venue:  Fremont Main Library, Fukaya Room
  • Date:  February 26, 2013, 7:00 – 8:30
  • Leader:  Local Actor Joel Butler will play the role of Mark Twain in this session.
  • Team:  Joel Butler, Genevieve Angelides, Shirley Gilbert Margery Leonard
  • Read about our evening with Mark Twain.
  • Read about our presentation of Mark Twain’s biography to the Country Club of Washington Township’s Women’s Club.

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