Mark Twain in Ohio

Mark Dawidziak
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Paperback: 136 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1508767513
ISBN-13: 978-1508767510
Ohio is not the first state you associate with Mark Twain. It’s not the second, third, fourth, or fifth state you associate with him, given the claims made by Missouri, California, Nevada, New York and Connecticut. Still, Ohio does have many intriguing and important Twain connections. He gave lectures or readings from his works in fifteen Ohio cities. He planned on starting his married life in Cleveland, as part owner of a newspaper. And some of his most significant friendships were with Ohioans. They included early literary mentor Mary Mason Fairbanks, fellow writer William Dean Howells and President Ulysses S. Grant.

Compiled by veteran Twain enthusiast and performer Mark Dawidziak, Mark Twain in Ohio documents the many times the writer visited the state. Featuring about twenty illustrations, this book includes excerpts from letters Twain wrote while in Ohio and the texts of lectures he delivered there.

It’s a breezy trip through the state in Mark Twain’s company, with stops in Cleveland, Columbus, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo and many other Ohio cities. Along the way, there are passages about Twain’s friendships with such other writers as Howells, Artemus Ward (Charles Farrar Browne), Bret Harte, Petroleum V. Nasby (David Ross Locke), Josh Billings (Henry Wheeler Shaw) and George Washington Cable. Mark Twain in Ohio also details how Twain launched his epic round-the-world lecture tour in Cleveland in 1895, heroically beginning his successful attempt to literally talk his way out of bankruptcy.

Mark Dawidziak’s books about Mark Twain include M ark Twain on Writing (1996), The Shape of the River: The Lost Teleplay About Mark Twain (2003) and Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness (2015) . The television critic at Cleveland’s Plain Dealer since 1999, he has been portraying Twain on stage for thirty-five years. He and his wife, Sara Showman, are the co-founders of the Largely Literary Theater Company.

Author: Mark Dawidziak

Mark Dawidziak is the author or editor of about 25 books, including three studies of landmark television series: The Columbo Phile: A Casebook, The Night Stalker Companion and Everything I Need to Know I Learned in The Twilight Zone, his lighthearted 2017 tribute to Rod Serling’s classic anthology series. He also is an internationally recognized Mark Twain scholar, and five of his books are about the iconic American writer. He spent 43 years as a television, film and theater critic at such newspapers as the Akron Beacon Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer. His work on the horror side of the street also includes the novel Grave Secrets, The Bedside, Bathtub & Armchair Companion to Dracula, short stories, and comic book scripts. He lives in Ohio.