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Mark Twain's Mosque Lamp and Mahogany Bed: What Do Objects Tell Us About Authors?

Posted on November 28th, 2016

A brass mosque lamp dangles from the ceiling. Its cut glass ornaments glitter in the same soft light that glows on the sparkling metallic paint stenciled into a Moorish pattern on the dark walls. This distinctly Islamic interior is not from an ancien...

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Art & Essay Contest in the Spirit of Twain

Posted on June 29th, 2016

Whenever I enjoy anything in art it means that it is mighty poor. The private knowledge of this fact has saved me from going to pieces with enthusiasm in front of many and many a chromo.--Mark Twain, 1891Fortunately, Mark Twain’s art knowledge ...

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What We Can Learn From Huck Finn?

Posted on June 6th, 2016

A classroom on a hot early summer day. Twenty-five sophomores who would rather be outside than listening to me trying to convince them that Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is worth reading. I decided to be upfront with my passion:“This is one of...

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