Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent

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When young Samuel Clemens first visited the nation's capital in 1854, both were rough around the edges and of dubious potential. Returning as Mark Twain in 1867, he brought his sharp eye and acerbic pen to the task of covering the capital for nearly a half-dozen newspapers. He fit in perfectly among the other hard-drinking and irreverent correspondents. His bohemian sojourn in Washington, D.C., has been largely overlooked, but his time in the capital city was catalytic to Twain's rise as America's foremost man of letters. While in Washington City, Twain received a publishing offer from the American Publishing Company that would jumpstart his fame. Through original research unearthing never-before-seen material, author John Muller explores how Mark Twain's adventures as a capital correspondent proved to be a critical turning point in his career.
ISBN: 9781609499648
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: District of Columbia
Images: 53
Pages: 192
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
John Muller is a librarian at the Washingtoniana Division of the DC Public Library. His first book, Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C.: The Lion of Anacostia, won the DC Public Library's 2013 DC Reads award. A former reporter for the Washington Times, Muller is a contributor to Capital Community News, Greater Greater Washington and other media. Ambassador Donald Tiffany Bliss (Retired) spent thirteen years in the federal government and thirty years practicing law in Washington, D.C. The great-grandson and grandson of Mark Twain's publishers, he has authored and co-authored books on Mark Twain as well as written a play about Twain's last years, "The Return of Halley's Comet."Donald A. Ritchie is an associate historian at the US Senate Historical Office and a frequent commentator on C-SPAN and NPR. He is the author of seven other books, including Press Gallery: Congress and the Washington Correspondents, winner of the Richard W. Leopold Prize.
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