TROUBLE BEGINS at 5:30: John Pascal on the Friendship and Letters between Mark Twain and Thomas Nast

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June 23, 2021 • 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm


The Mark Twain House & Museum is excited to welcome John Pascal back to our Trouble Begins series! Join us on Wednesday, June 23th at 5:30pm to hear John tell us all about the friendship and letters between Mark Twain and Thomas Nast.

Thomas Nast (1840-1902) was the “most famous editorial cartoonist of his time.” His and Twain’s path crossed through multiple professional and personal connections. Nast and Twain spent a Thanksgiving together, almost toured together, and both worked with Albert Bigelow Paine on their respective biographies. Learn about these connections and more during John’s talk this June.

This virtual program is free to attend, though when you register, we hope you’ll consider contributing what you’d call a fair ticket price. We thank you for your attendance whether you’re able to donate or not. REGISTER HERE.

John Pascal worked in the corporate world for eighteen years before pursuing the vocation of teaching. He is now in his twentieth year as Seton Hall Preparatory School in West Orange, N.J., where he teaches 9th and 11th Grade Honors English. He has also created a year-long Honors elective that does not exist in most if not all high school and college curriculums in our country: The Writings of Mark Twain, an appreciation of the relevance of Twain’s life and writings to our students.

For more information about the program, call 860-247-0998 or visit

The Trouble Begins lecture series is presented in part with support from The Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College, Elmira, New York.


June 23, 2021
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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