Looking for new blogs and sites to visit? Here’s some that I can heartily recommend

It's been quite a while since I shared with you different blogs and webpages of interest. Lately I've come across several that I'd like to share with you: Light, Bright and Sparkling: This is author Diana Birchall's blog. She has a fascinating post with lots of pictures on Mark Twain's 70th birthday. Her grandmother is …

Louisa’s calling card

I just found an article from the Rauner Library Blog from Dartmouth College detailing the story behind the calling card. The article features the calling cards of such luminaries as Louisa May Alcott, Mark Twain, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Charles Dickens among others. These cards all have pictures. I never knew anything about the nature of …

“Sanitizing” historical novels

This is a little off-track, but then maybe not. I'm sure many of you heard in the news how Mark Twain's iconic novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is being 'revised' by one publisher to remove all references to the 'N' word so that the novel can still be taught in schools. Here's an excerpt …