Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years. Karen Lystra.
Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years
Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years
Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years
Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years

Dangerous Intimacy: The Untold Story of Mark Twain's Final Years

ISBN: 0520233239
Berkeley & Los Angeles, CA: University of California Press, 2004. First Edition. Hardcover. "The standard account of Mark Twain's old age is sadly familiar: crippled by losses and tragedies, America's greatest humorist sank into a deep and bitter depression. It is also wrong. This book offers a very different account of Twain's final years: they were lived in the shadow of deception and prejudice, but also in the light of the author's unflagging energy and enthusiasm. Dangerous Intimacy tells the story of how, shortly after his wife's death in 1904, Twain enjoyed the attentions of Isabel Lyon, his flirtatious- and calculating- secretary. Lyon desperately wanted to marry her boss, who was almost thirty years her senior. She manipulated the household into exiling Jean, Twain's youngest child and an epileptic, to a sanitarium...Lyon nearly succeeded in assuming complete control over Twain's household and estate. Fortunately, Twain recognized the plot being woven around him in the nick of time. So rife with twists and turns as to defy belief, the story comes to life via the letters and diaries of the participants..." (from front flap) A most illuminating, highly researched & well-written study of the intrigues that befell Samuel Langhorne Clemens a/k/a Mark Twain (1835-1910), the canonical American humorist & writer, during the last years of his most eventful & fabled life. Author Karen Lystra is an acclaimed academician who has plumbed all the primary sources to portray Twain & the characters surrounding him in his final real-life comedy-drama. With an extensive section of photographs & copious footnotes. Hardcover in unclipped dust jacket, first edition, first printing as indicated by number sequence on copyright page. A stately, solid academic press production. A fascinating & very important Twain collectible that sheds great light on the final phase of his troubled but ultimately triumphant life. Book in very fine condition, substantially mint inside & out. Dust jacket very fine with only a touch of rubbing to front, back covers & spine; a bit of wear & some tiny bumps, faint creases at edges & corners of same & flaps. Very Fine / Very Fine. [Item #4391]

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