Redding, Connecticut


Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry."
Mark Twain, The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson
and the Comedy of the Extraordinary Twins


picture courtesy of Mark Twain Himself

"This is a prodigiously satisfactory place, and I am so glad I don't have to go back to the turmoil and
rush of New York. The house stands high and the horizons are wide, yet the seclusion is perfect. The
nearest public road is half a mile away, so there is nobody to look in, and I don't have to wear clothes
if I don't want to." letter to Emilie Rogers, 8.12.1908, Redding, CT, as quoted in Mark Twain's
Correspondence With Henry Huttleson Rogers

"Why did I build this house, two years ago? To shelter this vast emptiness? How foolish I was...But I shall
stay in this house. It is dearer to me now than ever it was before. Jean's spirit will make it beautiful for me
always." Autobiography, 408-409

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