Visit Your Local PBS Station PBS Home PBS Home Programs A-Z TV Schedules Watch Video Donate Shop PBS Search PBS

Scrap Book
Mark Twain
contents: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
The Mysterious Stranger 1908-1910
select:
Homepage
Learn More
Filmmakers



Cover for The Mysterious Stranger
Cover for The Mysterious Stranger
Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford

The Mysterious Stranger 1908-1910

As he approached the end of his life, Clemens grew more lonely and melancholic. He took on a biographer, a personal assistant, and a dozen or so surrogate grandchildren. He traveled to Bermuda for health and relaxation. He played billiards with friends. He also built a house in Redding, CT. and called it Stormfield, after one of his characters who makes a trip to heaven.

Clemens approached death stoically, but in a sense it had always been a familiar friend, providing him a rich field for humor and a hope for release from what had often been a difficult life.

When he died on April 21, 1910, newspapers around the country declared, “The whole world is mourning.” By then, Sam Clemens had long since ceased to be a private citizen. He had become Mark Twain, a proud possession of the American nation.

Begin