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Dec 13, 2011 — Impostors can be scheming, even villainous, but their stories tempt us with an attractive possibility — the chance to wear a mask. Writer David Anthony suggests three tales about nefarious characters that let us indulge in our fascination with the art of manipulating outward appearances.
Jan 3, 2011 — In our daily barrage of information, real insight can be hard to come by — it's easy to become overwhelmed or uninspired by our endless consumption of facts. Author Gish Jen recommends three fable-like fictions that reveal the fanciful side of daily realities.
Dec 1, 2010 — 100 years after his death, Mark Twain's autobiography was published the way Twain himself wished. Fresh Air's David Bianculli talks with Robert Hirst, of the Mark Twain Project, about editing and publishing Twain's work.
Nov 30, 2010 — For 20 summers, Mark Twain wrote novels in a small cottage on Quarry Farm in Elmira, N.Y. Now, 175 years after Twain's birth, NPR's Tom Vitale makes a pilgrimage to the author's grave in Elmira's rolling hills.
Nov 15, 2010 — After 100 years, the long-awaited Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 1 has emerged. The author dictated his life story to a stenographer, whose notes and papers have been collected into the first of three volumes of Twain's memories, witticisms and biting political satire.
May 3, 2009 — The new anthology Who Is Mark Twain? features a collection of never-before-published writings by the famous humorist. Lynn Neary talks to Robert Hirst, the editor of the collection and head of the University of California Berkeley's Mark Twain Project.
May 1, 2009 — Among the previously unpublished writings left behind at Twain's death were squibs, rants and unfinished essays that capture the folksy icon's furious but often repressed compulsion to tell the world what he really thought of its tedious platitudes and received wisdom.
Jul 15, 2011 — NPR coverage of Autobiography of Mark Twain by Mark Twain, Harriet Elinor Smith, Samuel Langhorne Clemens, Michael B. Frank, and Sharon K. Goetz. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.