Clemens, Samuel Langhorne (‘‘Mark
Twain’’) (1835–1910)
Samuel Clemens (b. November 30, 1835) was better known
as March Twain and by his classic fictions such as, The Adventures
of Tom Sawyer, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, rather
than his work as a reporter-writer. In this capacity, Mark
Twain manifested a great interest in a wide variety of contemporary
events and movements. Reference to paranormal events
and metaphysical movements are scattered throughout his
writings. He is well known for his book on Christian Science
(1970), upon which he poured out his scorn. He also had a
great interest in thought-transference, or ‘‘mental telegraphy’’
as he called it, and wrote an essay on the subject originally intended
as a chapter in A Tramp Abroad but later published separately
in 1882. This was followed by another essay, ‘‘Mental Telegraphy
Again,’’ in 1889, in which he related personal
experiences in telepathy and seeing an apparition. These essays
were included in Literary Essays in the author’s edition of
The Writings of Mark Twain.
The famous author died on April 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut.
Clemens, Samuel Langhorne. The Writings of Mark Twain.
New York Harpers, 1907