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B. Clay Shannon

I am currently writing a play about key events regarding Mark Twain's time spent in Elmira, New York. What Twain accomplished and experienced in Elmira are at least on a par, i.e. importance-wise, with his events and achievements in Hannibal, Missouri, on the Mississippi River (where he grew up); and in Hartford, Connecticut (where he and his wife built and inhabited their unique dwelling). He was married there in Elmira, buried there (along with the rest of his family, down to his only grandchild), and wrote the lion's share of most of his best books there.

My concise biography-masquerading-as-an-autobiography of Mark Twain entitled REBEL WITH A CAUSE: Mark Twain's Hidden Memoirs is now available on amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions:

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I am also simultaneously currently recording audio of scores of letters that Twain wrote throughout his life; prior to that, I recorded around 80 speeches ("lectures") that Twain gave. These are available on youtube (and selected ones have also been added to my facebook twain page). @@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@@

I have lived in eight states; besides my native California (where I was born and where I now again reside) in chronological order I have infested: New York (Brooklyn), Montana (Helena), Alaska (Anchorage), Oklahoma (Bethany), Wisconsin (New Berlin and Oconomowoc), Idaho (Coeur d'Alene), and Missouri (Piedmont).

I am a writer of both fiction (for which I use the nom de guerre "Blackbird Crow Raven", as a nod to my Native American heritage - I am "½ Cowboy, ½ Indian") and nonfiction, including a two-volume social and cultural history of the U.S. which covers important events from 1620-2006 and can be downloaded gratis here.

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