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Stories about Mark Twain: Topics in Chronicling America

Mark Twain was an American humorist, novelist, and travel writer whose life was documented in newspapers. This guide provides access to materials related to "Stories about Mark Twain" in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.


Photograph of Mark Twain. November 20, 1921. New-York Tribune (New York, NY), Image 59. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.

Samuel Clemens, pen-named Mark Twain, lived a life of adventure and travel. Between his wit, personality and exploits, every mention of Clemens is sure to bring a laugh. Read more about it!

The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.

The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.


July 16, 1887 Mark Twain umpires a baseball game.
July, 1892 Mark Twain arrested at sea.
October 5, 1899 Mark Twain returns to the United States.
November 11, 1900 Mark Twain has a forgotten, yet unforgettable birthday party.
April 11, 1907 Mark Twain finally buys a house; a review of his past homes.
April 21, 1910 Mark Twain Dies.