Inspired by Mississippi river boats, Mark Twain’s home in Hartford features running balconies, turrets, and broad porches, whimsical reminders of a steamboat’s pilothouse and decks. Here the humorist spent his most productive years writing The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s’s Court. Here his children grew up, and one daughter died. Today the house is a museum of Twain memorabilia. Inside at sundown, a bronze bust of the famous author shadows an oil painting that illustrated an 1899 edition of Tom Sawyer.
September, 1972, Vol. 142, No. 3
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