The Interesting and Tragic Life of Mark Twain

Matt Klauza
Arts & Letters / History

Course Description

In his time, Mark Twain was arguably the most famous man in the world. His name is synonymous with innocence and nostalgia, with painting fences and Mississippi River rafts, with Princes and Paupers, and Connecticut Yankees. However, there is much more behind the man in the white suit, including a darker side. This presentation surveys the interesting life of Mark Twain. Covering his various careers as a printer's devil, riverboat pilot, miner, lecturer, investor, and writer, the lecture will examine his biographical events and how they shaped his writing.  It will include the horrors of his early life, his days on the river, his adventures in the Wild West and overseas, his courtship and marriage, his enormous popularity, his financial trouble, and his personal tragedies.

About the Instructor

  • Matt Klauza, PhD is the English Department Chair at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth as well as an English and Literature professor there. He has presented on literary topics literally across the country (from New Orleans to Michigan, and from Philadelphia to San Francisco and several places in between). Dr. Klauza is a two-time Mark Twain Research Fellowship winner with the Center for Mark Twain Studies in New York, and he has lived for several weeks as scholar-in-residence in Mark Twain's summer home while working hands-on with Twain's manuscripts and typescripts. He earned his doctorate in American Literature from Auburn University in Alabama.

Upcoming programs presented by Matt Klauza.

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One-Time SPL03103 Matt Klauza Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Masculinity, Trauma, Mental Illness, and the Power of Laughter
Tuesday, March 10: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm