By Thomas J. Reigstad
In August 1869, a thirty-three-year-old journalist named Samuel Clemens - or as he used to be later recognized, Mark Twain - moved to Buffalo, manhattan. on the time, he had excessive hopes of building himself as a profitable newspaper editor of the Buffalo Morning Express within the thriving, up-and-coming city on the finish of the Erie Canal. during this enticing portrait of the recognized writer at a formative and demanding juncture of his existence, Thomas J. Reigstad--a Twain scholar--details the household, social, stories of Mark Twain whereas he lived in Buffalo.
Based on years of studying old documents, combing via microfilm of the Express whilst Twain was once editor, or even interviewing descendants of Buffalonians who knew Twain, Reigstad has exposed a wealth of interesting info. The publication attracts a bright portrait of Twain's paintings atmosphere on the Express. colourful anecdotes approximately his colleagues and his quirky paintings behavior, in addition to unique Twain tales and illustrations no longer formerly reprinted, supply readers a brand new figuring out of Twain's dedication to full-time newspaper work.
Full of attention-grabbing vignettes from the illustrious writer's existence, in addition to infrequent photos, Scribblin' for a Livin' will entice Mark Twain fans, scholars and students of yank literature, and someone with an curiosity within the heritage of Western manhattan.
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