History of Literature #90 – Mark Twain’s Final Request


In 1910, the American author Mark Twain took to his bed in his Connecticut home. Weakened by disease and no longer able to write, the legendary humorist (and author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), made a final request. What was the request? And what does it tell us about the life and career of a great writer? Host Jacke Wilson explores the mystery.


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Show Notes: 

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Music Credits:

Handel – Entrance to the Queen of Sheba” by Advent Chamber Orchestra (From the Free Music Archive / CC by SA).

“Darxieland” and “Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Act Two” by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.

4 thoughts on “History of Literature #90 – Mark Twain’s Final Request

  1. This is thorough and tells some stories I had not heard before. I held my hand over my mouth for five minutes after hearing about the manuscript that was used for kindling. Yikes. Yikes. Damn.That caused me physical pain.

    Does your offer include a review on my blog?

    The best podcast to enjoy in the morning while breakfasting-


    1. Yes, definitely! Let me know where to send it and I’ll pop it in the mail. (You can let me know via email.) Sorry for causing you physical pain… imagine what it must have been like for poor Carlyle! 🙂


  2. Oops, I forgot to mention Huck Finn. Both Huck and also Tom Sawyer were part of my childhood reading. I like what you said about how Huck Finn is often described poorly. The story about Huck and Jim was what really stuck with me back then. As a child it was a story of pure kindness and bravery and I admired that.


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