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Topics in Chronicling America - Stories about Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens, pen-named Mark Twain, lived a life of adventure and travel. Between his wit, personality and exploits, every mention of Clemens is sure to bring a laugh. Read more about it!

The information and sample article links below provide access to a sampling of articles from historic newspapers that can be found in the Chronicling America: American Historic Newspapers digital collection ( Use the Suggested Search Terms and Dates to explore this topic further in Chronicling America.

Picture of Mark Twain in a rocking chair.

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Important Dates:

  • September 20, 1878: Reflections on the trials and tribulation in writing The Gilded Age.
  • November 7, 1884: Results after a friend of Mark Twain’s plays an April Fool’s Day joke on him.
  • February 18, 1886: Meet Mrs. Clemens and the Clemens children.
  • July 16, 1887: Mark Twain umpires a baseball game.
  • July, 1892: Mark Twain arrested at sea.
  • October 5, 1899: Mark Twain returns to the United States.
  • November 11, 1900: Mark Twain has a forgotten, yet unforgettable birthday party.
  • February 12, 1901: Mark Twain “a humorist and nothing more.”
  • April 11, 1907: Mark Twain finally buys a house; a review of his past homes.
  • April 21, 1910: Mark Twain Dies.
  • January 26, 1911: Plans for Mark Twain Memorials released.
  • December 1, 1917: Early trials of Mark Twain are revealed in old letters.
  • November 20, 1921: Recollections of Twain’s final years.

Suggested Search Strategies:

  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Mark Twain, Samuel Clemens
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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