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Mark Twain’s last decade, following the death of his beloved wife Livy, has often seemed both obscure and tragic to his biographers. Twain scholar Laura Skandera Trombley attempts to answer the many questions about that time by focusing on Isabel Lyon, the woman who for six years served as Samuel Clemens’ secretary, nurse, housekeeper, gatekeeper, and adoring audience. First valued, then reviled by Clemens, the role Isabel played in his final years was for years covered up by Twain heirs and biographers. Now, at last, using Isobel Lyon’s own journals, new details about that time are brought to light.

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Added by Pamela Troy on March 1, 2010

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