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The Resource Dangerous intimacy : the untold story of Mark Twain's final years, Karen Lystra

Dangerous intimacy : the untold story of Mark Twain's final years, Karen Lystra

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Dangerous intimacy : the untold story of Mark Twain's final years
Title
Dangerous intimacy
Title remainder
the untold story of Mark Twain's final years
Statement of responsibility
Karen Lystra
Title variation
Untold story of Mark Twain's final years
Title variation remainder
the untold story of Mark Twains final years
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Dangerous Intimacy tells the story of how, shortly after his wife's death in 1904, Twain enjoyed the attentions of Isabel Lyon, his flirtatious - and calculating - secretary. Lyon desperately wanted to marry her boss, who was almost thirty years her senior. She manipulated the household into exiling Jean, Twain's youngest daughter and an epileptic, to a sanitarium. With the help of Twain's assistant, Ralph Ashcroft, who fraudulently acquired power of attorney over the author's finances, Lyon nearly succeeded in assuming complete control over Twain's household and estate. Fortunately, Twain recognized the plot being woven around him in the nick of time. So rife with twists and turns as to defy belief, the story comes to life via the letters and diaries of the participants: Katy the housekeeper, Jean, Lyon, and others whose distinctive, perceptive, often amusing voices take us straight into the heart of the Clemens household." "Just as Twain extricated himself from the lies, prejudice, and self-delusion that almost turned him into an American Lear, so Karen Lystra liberates the author's last decade of life from a century of popular misunderstanding. In this gripping book we at last see how, late in life, this American icon discovered a deep kinship with his youngest child and experienced the interplay of love and pain that is one of the hallmarks of his work."--Jacket
Summary
The misunderstood events of the last ten years of Mark Twain's life are liberated in an incisive biography, demonstrating that, while he lived in the shadows of losses, he continued to explore the balance between love and pain with energy and enthusiasm
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
269568
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 818/.409
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PS1332
LC item number
.L97 2004
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/lexile
1260
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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True
Target audience
adult
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
the untold story of Mark Twain's final years
Label
Dangerous intimacy : the untold story of Mark Twain's final years, Karen Lystra
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Mark Twain--Sam's women -- 2. Heartbreak -- 3. Rearranging the household -- 4. Looking for love -- 5. A pact with the devil -- 6. Life in the sanitarium -- 7. Someone to love him and pet him -- 8. A viper to her bosom -- 9. Innocence at home -- 10. Stormfield -- 11. An American Lear -- 12. Illusions of love -- 13. Unraveling -- 14. The exile returns -- 15. Confrontation -- 16. A formidable adversary -- 17. False exoneration -- 18. The funniest joke in the world -- 19. Melting marble with ice -- 20. The end of my autobiography -- How little one may tell
Control code
2359340
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xxi, 342 pages
Isbn
9780520250000
Lccn
2003018999
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780520233232
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm52948859
  • (OCoLC)52948859
Label
Dangerous intimacy : the untold story of Mark Twain's final years, Karen Lystra
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 275-324) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Mark Twain--Sam's women -- 2. Heartbreak -- 3. Rearranging the household -- 4. Looking for love -- 5. A pact with the devil -- 6. Life in the sanitarium -- 7. Someone to love him and pet him -- 8. A viper to her bosom -- 9. Innocence at home -- 10. Stormfield -- 11. An American Lear -- 12. Illusions of love -- 13. Unraveling -- 14. The exile returns -- 15. Confrontation -- 16. A formidable adversary -- 17. False exoneration -- 18. The funniest joke in the world -- 19. Melting marble with ice -- 20. The end of my autobiography -- How little one may tell
Control code
2359340
Dimensions
24 cm
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
xxi, 342 pages
Isbn
9780520250000
Lccn
2003018999
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
9780520233232
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocm52948859
  • (OCoLC)52948859

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