Drugs, a Daughter, and Death: Mark Twain's Final Years

Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Episode Summary
Trombley, the preeminent Twain scholar at work today (and the president of Pitzer College), cracks open the enduring mystery of Mark Twain's final decade to reveal the true story of Isabel Lyon, the \"forgotten woman\" who haunts the official Twain narrative.

Participant(s) Bio
Laura Trombley is an internationally renowned Mark Twain scholar, authoring several books and dozens of scholarly articles on Twain. She appeared in Ken Burns's Mark Twain documentary and, as a graduate student, discovered the largest known cache of Mark Twain letters.

In addition to her most recent book, Mark Twain's Other Woman, Laura's other works on Twain include Mark Twain in the Company of Women and Constructing Mark Twain: New Directions in Scholarship. In addition to being an author, Laura is also the president of Pitzer College. http://lauratrombley.org/