Roy Morris: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain

Author Roy Morris explains how the frontier exploits of a young Samuel Clemens led to his eventual emergence as Mark Twain.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
8:30pm @ Plaza Branch

 Author Roy Morris explains how Samuel Clemens’ six-year journey from Missouri to Hawaii – with lengthy stopovers in Virginia City, Nevada, and San Francisco – resulted in his literary emergence as Mark Twain on Tuesday, March 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

In his new book, Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain, Morris describes how Clemens’ odyssey coincided with a journey of self-discovery.

The man who would become one of America’s favorite authors dodged Indians and gunfighters, received marriage advice from Brigham Young, and narrowly avoided fighting a duel.

Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Click here or call 816.701.3407 to RSVP.

The event is co-sponsored by Rainy Day Books. The book will be available for sale.

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