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Laura Skandera Trombley
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Like Letters from the Earth, Twain continues to live long after his death. Now we have Laura Trombley’s fascinating narrative of his last days.

Like Letters from the Earth, Twain continues to live long after his death. The pieces fall into place: The funniest man on earth is revealed to be a much more complicated soul. Ken Burns, filmmaker A remarkable investigative effort.

Автор: Trombley Laura Название: Mark Twain& Other Woman: The .

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, suspected that there had to be more to the story than the cultivated, carefully constructed version that had been intact for so long.

Mark Twain's Other Woman book. Laura Skandera Trombley. An enduring mystery in Mark Twain’s life concerns the events of his last decade, from 1900 to 1910. Mark Twain wanted his biography published without a doubt.

Laura Skandera Trombley is an American scholar of Mark Twain and Chair Emerita of the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board She . Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years (2010). ISBN 978-0-30-747494-0. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board She served as the fifth President of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and the eighth President of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship (2011). ISBN 978-0-82-621968-8.

Mark Twain wanted his biography published without a doubt. Стр. 11. 9. 2. Титульный лист.

ALSO BY LAURA SKANDERA TROMBLEY Constructing Mark Twain . An enduring mystery in Mark Twain’s life concerns the events of his last decade, 1900 to 1910.

Mark Twain with his white velvet cape in Tuxedo Park, New York, 1907 (Courtesy of the Mark Twain Papers & Project, University of California, Berkeley). The wood shop at Hillbourne Farms, Katonah, New York.

Loved, and Laura Skandera Trombley, Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years.

From the 2012 Tucson Festival of Books, a panel discussion entitled, "Emerging from the Shadows: Women in the Lives of Wilson, Jefferson, and Twain  . The panel is moderated by Judy Nolte Temple, women's studies professor, University of Arizona.

Laura Skandera Trombley: Isabel was Mark Twain’s. An enduring mystery in Mark Twain's life concerns the events of his last decade, from 1900 to 1910.

Discover ideas about Other Woman. Books can entertain as well as teach us, they can speak directly to our soul and even allow us to realize we aren't alone in this world and other have gone through remarkably similar situations. Other Woman Mark Twain.

the hidden story of his final years. 1st Vintage Books ed. by Laura E. Skandera-Trombley. Published 2011 by Vintage Books in New York.

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.  For six years, Isabel Lyon was responsible for running the aging Man in White’s chaotic household, nursing him through several illnesses and serving as his adoring audience. But after a dramatic breakup of their relationship, Twain ranted in personal letters that she was “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and  salacious slut pining for seduction.” For decades, biographers omitted Isabel from the official Twain history at his decree. But now, the truth of the split is exposed at last in a story that sheds light on a lionized author’s final decade.

  • Llathidan
Mark Twain (1835-1910) is the embodiment of American humor. He has been dubbed "The Lincoln of our Literature" by Twain's good friend William Dean Howells. Yet Twain was a much more complex man that most Americans realize. The famed author of such classics as "Hucklelberry Finn"; "Tom Sawyer"; "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur'Court"; "The Innocents Abroad"" "Life on the Mississippi" and many others had a complicated family life. He lived most of his married life in Elmira New York, Hartford Connecticut and Redding Connecticut at "Stormfield" his vast estate. Twain was obsessed by fame and fortune. Though he satirized the Gilded Age in his fiction he was also a product of the times.
Twain's complexity is manifest in Dr. Laura Skandera Trombley's book "Mark Twain's Other Woman" The woman in question is
Isabel Van Kleek Lyon. (1863-1958), Lyon served as Twain's secretary and companion from 1905 until she was fired six years later. Gossip had it that Lyon sought to be the second Mrs Twain. Isabel was attractive, a musician, poet and warm hearted person with whom Twain spent many happy hours. The two often cruised to Bermuda. It is unknown whether or not they had a sexual relationship. It is evident that Lyon had a crush on the much older author.
Lyon wed Englishman Ralph W. Ashcroft in 1909. Ashcroft was Twain's business manager. The Ashcrofts divorced after 18 years of marriage. Twain and his daughter Clara accused them of stealing the author's private correspondence and love letters to his wife Olivia. Olivia died in Italy in 1905 where the Twain family had traveled to aid her health. Isabel was hated by Clara the Twain' daughter. Clara was a classical singer who had an affair with a married man Charles E. Wark. She eventually married Russian born Ossip Gabrilowitsch. Gabrilowitsch became the conuctor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra dying in 1936. Clara survived into old age. Clara and Ossip had one child Nina Clemens Garilowitsch. Clara was a difficult person. She was beautiful, hot tempered and vindictive in her hatred of Isabel. Clara was eccentric, spoiled and egotistical.
Twain's daughter Jean died of a heart attack a few months before his own death. Jean suffered 16 years from epilepsy. She never married. Jean was athletic and loved animals. Though much plainer than Clara she had a more appealing personality.
Trombley has written a scholarly book on the hatred and jealousies existing in the Twain home. Twain resembles King Lear in his disappointmet at the lives of the two surviving Twain children. An elderly author and three emotional woman: daughters Clara, Jean and secretary Isabel Lyon could not have been easy to live with! Twain could be profane, critical and sulky. He was often depressed and railed against God.
The book presents a depressing coda to the life of a great author Mark Twain. This work will become an esssntial for Twain scholars. It is well illustrated with period photos and quotes extensively from the writings of the personages involved in the Twain orbit.
  • IWantYou
A short time ago, I read a fine biography of Mark Twain by Ron Powers. One issue that intrigued me mightily was a very brief mention of two women in Twain's later life--Isabel Lyon and Laura Wright (later Dake). In both cases, Powers' discussion made me want to know more about each.

Well, this work discusses in much more depth the relationship between Lyon and Twain. And it is a pretty disturbing tale, of fight to the death nastiness among those in Twain's life. Isabel Lyon wrote well detailed notes on nearly a day-by-day basis in terms of her years with Twain. She served as a secretary, a colleague, the person who looked after his finances, running his household, and supervising his last home. A part of the picture was the fierce contention Lyon had with Twain's daughter Clara, with Twain's biographer, and so on. Sometimes the people could work together; at other times they fought fiercely.

Lyon was Twain's companion for much of the last 6 years of his life. At some point, he essentially kicked her out of his life and began vituperative attacks on her.

This book uses previously unused private papers of Lyon to outline the nature of the relationship with Twain--and other aspects of Twain's life. I am not an expert on Mark Twain, so I am not in a position to judge the validity of the author's findings. But this is powerful reading, and one wonders how someone who played such an important role in Twain's later life could be so effectively expunged from many works on Twain.
  • Iaran
Oh my gosh what a great story about Twain and his daughters and assistant. Very well written by the author who did years of research to uncover what Twain was really like. This was a Great read and so surprising about his personality that we have never seen in print.
  • greatest
A different look at one of the greatest writers of all time. An good read...keeps your interest. Would recommend to anyone who loves to read about Mark Twain....
  • Zepavitta
I strongly recommend this book. The author is a recognized scholar of samual cleamons and has clearly done her homework on this subject. The work is insightful, well thought out, and well written. This is a very informative read of an area of Cleamons life that is not well known or reported on. Bravo Ms. Trombley!!
  • Tisicai
Learned a lot I didn't know about Mark Twain. Saw a few more warts. Was impressed by the research done by the author.
  • Love Me
Great book, who would ever have thought Mark Twain would have had such a dysfunctional family - interesting read.
Very boring to me.