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Twain's End

Lynn Cullen

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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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Cassandra Campbell

Length:

12h 11m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:34


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

27:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

23:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

26:12


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

40:09


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:28


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

15:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

18:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:37


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

18:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

14:10


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

31:36


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

25:23


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

24:21


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

12:49


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

20:34


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

21:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

18:43


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

26:53


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

24:18


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

12:15


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

26:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

12:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

10:52


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:54


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

40:40


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

13:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

21:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

19:01


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:32


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

22:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

21:08


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

16:22


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

14:48


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

11:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

00:44