Academic journal article Mark Twain Journal

Editor's Note

Academic journal article Mark Twain Journal

Editor's Note

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In this issue the Mark Twain Journal honors Lawrence I. Berkove as a Legacy Scholar. His former student (and now professor of English at Eastern Michigan University) Joseph Csicsila summarizes the importance of Berkove's scholarship to Mark Twain studies.

The paths of two great talents-one scientific and the other literary-connected during the Gilded Age and sparked mutual admiration and a friendship that lasted for their lifetimes. The theories about electricity developed by Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) and the writings of Mark Twain (1835-1910) still resonate in the twenty-first century. Bratislav Stojiljkovic, Dragoljub A. Cucic, and Zoran Pajic contribute an essay that outlines the friendship of Tesla and Twain, and explains the genius behind Tesla's electrical discoveries and inventions.

Kevin Mac Donnell's article investigates a printing hoax that Sam Clemens played in 1856 when he lived with his brothers Orion and Henry in Keokuk, Iowa. Tongue in cheek, he declared himself an "Antiquarian ' in the Keokuk City Directory for 1856-7. John Lockwood writes about Twain's "The Legend of the Capitoline Venus" hoax and a later imitation of the same stratagem. Matt Seybold's "Tom Sawyer Impersonates 'The Original Confidence Man'" researches literary and actual nineteenth-century confidence men and their place among American characters.

What has happened to river pilot Isaiah Sellers's journal and logbook? That remains a mystery, but Michael H. Marleau traces their whereabouts to a certain point and presents a genealogy of the Sellers family. …

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