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Twain's end

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"Reputation-squaring novel. Cullen splashes a surplus of fuel onto her incendiary raw material." -- New York Times "Ms. Cullen is the Bronte of our day." --Huffington Post A " People Pick" "Intelligently drawn." --Library Journal Starred Review from Publishers Weekly From the bestselling and highly acclaimed author of the "page-turning tale" ( Library Journal , starred review) Mrs. Poe comes a fictionalized imagining of the personal life of America's most iconic writer: Mark Twain. In March of 1909, Mark Twain cheerfully blessed the wedding of his private secretary, Isabel V. Lyon, and his business manager, Ralph Ashcroft. One month later, he fired both. He proceeded to write a ferocious 429-page rant about the pair, calling Isabel "a liar, a forger, a thief, a hypocrite, a drunkard, a sneak, a humbug, a traitor, a conspirator, a filthy-minded and salacious slut pining for seduction." Twain and his daughter, Clara Clemens, then slandered Isabel in the newspapers, erasing her nearly seven years of devoted service to their family. How did Lyon go from being the beloved secretary who ran Twain's life to a woman he was determined to destroy? In Twain's End , Lynn Cullen reimagines the tangled relationships between Twain, Lyon, and Ashcroft, as well as the little-known love triangle between Helen Keller, her teacher Anne Sullivan Macy, and Anne's husband, John Macy, which comes to light during their visit to Twain's Connecticut home in 1909. Add to the party a furious Clara Clemens, smarting from her own failed love affair, and carefully kept veneers shatter. Based on Isabel Lyon's extant diary, Twain's writings and letters, and events in Twain's boyhood that may have altered his ability to love, Twain's End explores this real-life tale of doomed love.
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subject_facetAshcroft, Ralph W., -- 1875-1947 -- Fiction
Biographical fiction
Clemens, Clara -- Fiction
FICTION / Historical
FICTION / Romance / Historical
Historical fiction
Lyon, Isabel, -- 1863-1958 -- Fiction
Macy, John Albert, -- 1877-1932 -- Fiction
Sullivan, Annie, -- 1866-1936 -- Fiction
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction
Twain, Mark, -- 1835-1910 -- Fiction
title_displayTwain's end
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title_shortTwain's end
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Clemens, Clara
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Literature
Lyon, Isabel
Macy, John Albert
Romance
Sullivan, Annie
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Twain, Mark