Mark Twain's Other Woman by Laura Skandera Trombley

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Laura Skandera Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today, reveals the never-before-read letters and daily journals of Isabel Lyon, Mark Twain’s last personal secretary.
For six years, Isabel Lyon was responsible for running the aging Man in White’s chaotic household, nursing him through several illnesses and serving as his adoring audience. But after a dramatic breakup of their relationship, Twain ranted in personal letters that she was “a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and  salacious slut pining for seduction.” For decades, biographers omitted Isabel from the official Twain history at his decree. But now, the truth of the split is exposed at last in a story that sheds light on a lionized author’s final decade.

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About Laura Skandera Trombley

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Laura Skandera Trombley was raised in Southern California and attended Pepperdine University, where she earned her BA and MA summa cum laude, and the University of Southern California, where she earned a PhD in English and was a Lester and Irene Finkelstein Fellow. She is the president of Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and the author of three books about Mark Twain and dozens of articles. She lives in the Pitzer president's home with her son, Sparkey.
Published March 10, 2010 by Vintage. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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He was aided in his task by his hand-picked biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine, who opined that no one should ever be allowed to write about Twain: “As soon as this is begun (writing about him at all, I mean) the Mark Twain that we have ‘preserved’...

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Laura Trombley's Mark Twain's Other Woman and Michael Shelden's Mark Twain: Man in White are remarkably absent any close study of the literary works of Mark Twain, concerned as they are with the last decade or so in the life of a writer whose important books had been written very previously.

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