Monday, November 30, 2009

Mark Twain House and Ebeneeze, A Hartford Holiday Carol; Connecticut Christmas

November 30th is Mark Twain's birthday. When I was a kid, we used to visit The Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut.

Their annual Holiday House Tour begins in early December. Visit the Twain House if you can. It's enjoyable, there's often something new and they'd appreciate the support.

The play, Ebeneeza: A Hartford Holiday Carol, will be traveling through four Hartford locations, including The Mark Twain House & Museum. Mark Twain plays the Ghost of Holidays Past. This sounds like fun, particularly for fans of Mark Twain's and Connecticut natives.

Mark Twain in his times is an interesting site. Their focus is to show how he "and his works were created and defined, marketed and performed, reviewed and appreciated" in context.

"Many of Mark Twain's works still speak directly to modern readers, but the larger story of his career -- as best-selling writer, live performer, celebrity and American icon -- can be more fully appreciated when those works are located in the context of his times."

Mark Twain was a fascinating and brilliant writer. The film, Mark Twain - A film directed by Ken Burns has some good insight.

One of our favorite Twain books is The Diaries of Adam and Eve. You don't hear a lot of mention of it but it's very funny. These are available on Amazon.

This holiday season if you're so inclined, you may also check out his book The Bible According to Mark Twain: Irreverent Writings on Eden, Heaven, and the Flood by America's Master Satirist.

Great humorists' works can definitely stand the test of time.

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Image from The Hartford Advocate

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