Sunday, December 15, 2013

"He was sort of a sarcastic bah-humbug sort of guy on the outside, but when you dig into it, you quickly see that he was a guy who dressed up like Santa to wake up his kids in the middle of Christmas Eve night." ~ Carlo Devito

In A Mark Twain Christmas, Twain's ultimate Christmas gift, readers get magical insight into Twain's life through this treasured holiday. Filled with the remarkable wit and humor from America's favorite storyteller, this book is the first Twain Christmas book to be published.

Mark Twain was obsessed in his personal life by Christmas. During his lifetime, especially the halcyon days between the writing of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, Twain lived with his wife and daughters in a massive, sprawling mansion (1874 to 1891) that was festooned each year for the holiday season. The family were among the most giving, lavish and famous practitioners of Christmas in the region at the height of the Gilded Age. The story is laugh out loud funny, charming, heartwarming, heartbreaking, and ultimately reaffirming of Twain and the Christmas spirit. The book is broken up into four sections: 1908,1875, 1909 and the Epilogue. A Mark Twain Christmas will release just before Volume 2 of Twain's long anticipated autobiography.

The front door dressed up for the holiday at the Twain's Hartford home.

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