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Mark Twain Exhibit
September 3, 2015Free
Thursday, September 3 – Sunday, December 27, 2015
Probably the most admired and beloved author in American history, the man writing as Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens in 1835. Called by critic H. L. Mencken “the true father of American literature, the first genuinely great American artist of the royal blood,” Mark Twain established a towering reputation with such novels as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.
The Karpeles Museum is proud to present examples of writing in the master’s own hand, including a personal letter in which the author acknowledges a detail of Tom Sawyer that he neglected to incorporate in its publication and a page from the manuscript of his dramatization of that novel, with his own comments at the bottom. Other original manuscript material includes a letter discussing his plans to dramatize The Prince and the Pauper and one in which he comments on an illustration for A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. A page from the manuscript of The Gilded Age, a popular 1873 satire co-authored by the author and Charles Dudley Warner, recounts how Samuel Clemens came up with the pseudonym Mark Twain.
Illustrations of Mark Twain’s work have also become classics. Included in the exhibition is an original illustration of Huckleberry Finn by the noted 19th-century artist E. W. Kemble from the first edition of the novel (1884), and a sketch of Tom Sawyer by Normal Rockwell for a Saturday Evening Post cover, along with the 1936 magazine itself. Also on display are originals by other prominent Twain illustrators, portraits of the author, and a unique drawing by Twain himself.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum is located at 94 Broadway, across from City Hall,
in the City of Newburgh. The Karpeles Museums are a national chain with twelve in the U.S., specializing in the preservation and display of original, historically significant documents and
manuscripts. Museum Hours: Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 4 p.m.
Admission is always free.