Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years

Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years

by Laura Skandera Trombley

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Mark Twain's Other Woman: The Hidden Story of His Final Years by Laura Skandera Trombley

Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.
 
For six years, Isabel Lyon was responsible for running the aging Man in White’s chaotic household, nursing him through several illnesses and serving as his adoring audience. But after a dramatic breakup of their relationship, Twain ranted in personal letters that she was “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and  salacious slut pining for seduction.” For decades, biographers omitted Isabel from the official Twain history at his decree. But now, the truth of the split is exposed at last in a story that sheds light on a lionized author’s final decade.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307273444
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/16/2010
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 6.76(w) x 9.58(h) x 1.26(d)

About the Author

Laura Skandera Trombley was raised in Southern California and attended Pepperdine University, where she earned her BA and MA summa cum laude, and the University of Southern California, where she earned a PhD in English and was a Lester and Irene Finkelstein Fellow. She is the president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and the author of three books about Mark Twain and dozens of articles. She lives in the Pitzer president’s home with her son, Sparkey.




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