During his lifetime, Mark Twain was considered the preeminent American master storyteller and lecturer of humor. However,
Twain’s literary achievement can easily overshadow the influences that led to his success, particularly the impact of
Artemus Ward. William Dean Howells regarded Ward as “the humorist who first gave the world a taste of the humor that
characterizes the whole American people.” While today Ward’s literary reputation is largely forgotten, he was distinctive
and influential in his time. This presentation will analyze the construction of his literary style through his famously “gentle” humor.
Reception at 5 pm; the Trouble begins at 5:30 pm!
The Trouble Begins lectures are sponsored by Connecticut Natural Gas Company.