Monday, October 18, 2010

Mark Twain

In February 1909, Thomas Edison visited Mark Twain at his home and brought a camera with him. This is the only footage of Twain known to exist. He's shown walking around Stormfield, his house in Redding, Connecticutt, and having tea with his daughters Clara and Jean. Another daughter, Suzy, had died in 1896, and Twain's wife, Olivia, had died in 1904. A son, Langdon, had died in infancy. Jean, the youngest child, was an epileptic. Later that year, on December 24th, after she had decorated the house for Christmas, Jean was found drowned in the bath. Apparently a seizure had brought on a heart attack. Twain, who had been suffering from serious depression since Suzy's death twelve years earlier, would himself die at Stormfield in April of the next year. Clara, the only one in the family to survive her father, lived until 1962.


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