The Humor of Mark Twain: Shaped by the West
Wednesday, June 26
$20; $10 for members
America’s beloved humorist Mark Twain was, ironically, not often a man of good humor. His wit as writer and public speaker drew a worldwide audience, and he became a friend to presidents, artists, and industrialists, and European royalty even as he hurled wicked comments against anyone whose views and actions he found offensive. Join educator Joy Katzen-Guthrie for a look at how Twain’s literary voice was shaped in the West, where he observed the challenges of life in mining towns, created breakthrough fiction, and experienced emotional agony that inspired a future life’s work. Space is limited; advanced registration required.