88 Days in the Motherlode: Mark Twain Finds His Voice


In 1864, a then 29 year old Samuel Clemens was fired from his job as a newspaper reporter – a job he didn’t like anyway. He was broke, destitute and running from the law. He traveled to a friend’s cabin in the Mother Lode where he spent the next 88 days smoking a little, drinking a little, mining a little and listening to different story tellers spin yarns. One of the stories he heard was about a little jumping frog. He jotted it down in his notebook, wrote it out on his return to San Francisco and Mark Twain was soon the most famous writer in the country.

Join us as we look at these pivotal 88 days in the life of Sam Clemens and the career of Mark Twain.


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