mark twain

Great quotation! But who really said it?

From ‘Beam me up, Scotty,’ to, ‘Nice guys finish last,’ we love to use quotations. Except we use them all wrong, it turns out.

Untangling Huck Finn’s racial politics: Book review

Andrew Levy reminds readers that Huck Finn was the abused son of an alcoholic and experienced suicidal ideation

The original Siamese twins

What conjoined twins Chang and Eng reveal about race, slavery and 19th-century America


The End: Peter Denney | 1944 – 2011

Since childhood, he’d loved adventures. After he retired in December, he and his wife set off on another one.

What the Huck?

A new edition of Huckleberry Finn will remove the offensive words.



Ozzy Osbourne channels a Canadian farmer, M.I.A. feuds with the New York Times, and there’s a new Gadhafi in town

In the Shakespeare wars, James Shapiro fights for the Bard

A Q&A with the orthodox Stratfordian about Mark Twain, Sigmund Freud and other non-believers