Scribblin' for a Livin': Mark Twain's Pivotal Period in by Thomas J. Reigstad

By Thomas J. Reigstad

In August 1869, a thirty-three-year-old journalist named Samuel Clemens - or as he used to be later recognized, Mark Twain - moved to Buffalo, manhattan. on the time, he had excessive hopes of creating himself as a profitable newspaper editor of the Buffalo Morning Express within the thriving, up-and-coming city on the finish of the Erie Canal. during this enticing portrait of the well-known writer at a formative and demanding juncture of his existence, Thomas J. Reigstad--a Twain scholar--details the household, social, reviews of Mark Twain whereas he lived in Buffalo.

Based on years of discovering ancient documents, combing via microfilm of the Express while Twain used to be editor, or even interviewing descendants of Buffalonians who knew Twain, Reigstad has exposed a wealth of attention-grabbing info. The ebook attracts a shiny portrait of Twain's paintings setting on the Express. colourful anecdotes approximately his colleagues and his quirky paintings conduct, besides unique Twain tales and illustrations no longer formerly reprinted, supply readers a brand new realizing of Twain's dedication to full-time newspaper work.

Full of attention-grabbing vignettes from the illustrious writer's lifestyles, in addition to infrequent photos, Scribblin' for a Livin' will entice Mark Twain fans, scholars and students of yank literature, and somebody with an curiosity within the heritage of Western ny.

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