Mark Twain on Writing
Novelist William Dean Howells proclaimed that the writer born Samuel Langhorne Clemens was “the Lincoln of our literature.” Ernest Hemingway certainly viewed Mark Twain as a liberating force, famously stating that “all American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn.” And comedian-activist Dick Gregory said that Twain was “was so far ahead of his time that he shouldn't even be talked about on the same day as other people.” Think of the benefits of knowing this literary master’s secrets? But in fact, Twain kept no secrets when it came to the writing process. He was extremely generous with his thoughts on style, literary habits, and the writer’s role in society. Indeed, Twain constantly was writing about writing. Mark Dawidziak, the author or editor of five Twain-centric books, including Mark My Words: Mark Twain On Writing, will talk about how Twain’s lively advice can help guide and inspire writers more than 108 years after his death.