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January 1, 1819

The Bicentennial of Herman Melville’s Birth

It wasn't until he visited the Holy Land and wrote the longest poem in American literature about it, though, that he  gave up the idea of ever publishing again. He was finished: Clarel: A Poem and Pilgrimage in the Holy Land did him in.

January 1, 1852

Mark Twain and the Adams Colony

American colonists followed preacher George J. Adams from New England to Ottoman-ruled Palestine on a messianic mission to prepare the Holy Land for the return of the Jews. “We are going to become practical benefactors of the land and the people,” Adams stated, “to take the lead in developing its great resources.” A year after arriving, some of these impoverished colonists wanted a ticket home. It was at that moment that author Mark Twain came to town while on a five-month pleasure trip through Europe and the Middle East.

Mark Twain, 1907. A.F. Bradley. Library of Congress.
January 1, 1887

Read Across America Day – Mark Twain Lists His Favorite Books For Children, and Himself

It’s noble to teach oneself, Mark Twain once remarked, but still nobler to teach others - and less trouble.



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