Revisiting Mark Twain


3:10 PM – 4:50 PM

9/18, 9/25, 10/2, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30

We have all read some works of Mark Twain many years ago in school, but our understanding might be very different now, given our acquired knowledge and changes in our society.  We revisit the life and works of this extremely important American writer. Through reading and discussing key excerpts from Twain’s prolific literary contributions students gain a new appreciation of the work of our own Connecticut Yankee. Excerpts from the texts will be provided online or in hard copy.

Week 1: Background and “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”

Week 2: The Prince and the Pauper and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Week 3: A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Week 4: Travel books:  Innocents Abroad, Roughing It and Life on the Mississippi

Week 5: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Week 6: Essays; Autobiography

Conclusions:  Why revisit Mark Twain?

Facilitator: Ginny Balser

Ginny Balser earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and two master’s degrees in counseling psychology from Columbia University Teacher's College.  She taught high school English for thirty-nine years in Greece and Connecticut and retired in 2018.