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August 16, 2023 - Mark Twain Lecture: The Monetary Imagination of Mark Twain: From the Nevada ...

The 2023 Park Church Summer Lecture Series is presented by the Center for Mark Twain Studies and The Park Church. The series will feature three lectures. All the lectures will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be located at The Park Church (208 W. Grey Street, Elmira, NY). All of these lectures are open to the public at no cost.


The Trouble Begins and Park Church Lecture Series are made possible by the support of the Mark Twain Foundation, Katherine Roehlke, and generous gifts from individual donors.


What: “The Monetary Imagination of Mark Twain: From the Nevada Mines to the £1,000,000 Bank-Note

Presented by: Stephen Rachman of Michigan State University

When: Wednesday, August 16 at 7:00 PM

Where: The Park Church


Our next Center for Mark Twain Lecture will be on August 16 at 7 PM with presenter Stephen Rachman of Michigan State University on “The Monetary Imagination of Mark Twain: From the Nevada Mines to the £1,000,000 Bank-Note”


The lecture will discuss Samuel Clemens and Mark Twain’s preoccupations with money and the role this plays in his creative life, his inventive use of language, his critiques of culture and politics and race, and the deeper imaginative patterns that shaped his work. This talk will cover the full span of Twain’s works to demonstrate his obsessions with money and speculation, but also to show how he came to use his imaginative powers in monetary terms, the coinage of his brain, circulating like currency throughout his work.


Illustration to "The £1,000,000 Bank-note", from 1896 edition of "The American Claimant and Other tories and Sketches" by Mark Twain
Illustration to "The £1,000,000 Bank-note", from 1896 edition of "The American Claimant and Other Stories and Sketches" by Mark Twain





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