Editor's Note

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Editor's Note


Gribben, Alan, Mark Twain Journal


Having caught up with a publication schedule that had fallen behind owing to the illness and death of the much-missed previous editor, Thomas A. Tenney, the Mark Twain Journal now resumes its twice-yearly appearance. It was necessary to put together five double issues in rapid succession in order to bring the journal back to its calendar schedule. We thank the libraries and subscribers who loyally kept pace with our temporarily accelerated output.

The contents of this Spring 2014 issue primarily explore aspects of the final decade and a half of Clemens's life. Tsuyoshi Ishihara has visited and photographed the sites of the two villas in Florence that Clemens rented, and more than anything else Ishihara's descriptions bring into focus the enormity and elaborateness of these scenic residences. Although his temporary homes could not provide the relief from cares that Clemens was desperately seeking, their vistas and other charms at least enabled him to continue writing.

Matthew D. Klauza returns to our pages (his "Mark Twain, Homesickness, and Hannibal" essay appeared in Volume 48) with a careful examination of a 1903 Twain manuscript so little known that its very title has remained unclear. Michael Crews proposes a new reading of certain passages ofTwain's What Is Man? Patrick K. Dooley traces Twain's concepts of what he termed "conscience" in several of his works, especially Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and What Is Man?

Beginning with this issue, the Mark Twain Journal is commencing a new feature, "Legacy Scholars," designed to summarize the achievements of those who have made a long-term impact on the field of Mark Twain studies. …

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