Friday, March 19, 2010
I took these photos last year during my treasure hunt of public sculptures on display around St. Louis area. I found the statue of Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) at its permanent location on the campus of Logan College. Benjamin enjoyed reading Mr. Twain's noted novel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) and tried to show off his knowledge in American literature!
Supposedly there is a 100th anniversary of Mr. Clemens' death (April 10, 1910 - April 10, 2010) in Redding, Connectinut. There will be a celebration of the 175th anniversary of his birth in November (1835-2010). I am not sure if Mr. Clemens would find such marketing ploys offensive when towns trying to get tourists who never read any books written by Mark Twain, yet would travel to places such as Hannibal, Missouri and would be so eager to pay for anything with his image on products that are mass-produced by China or Mexico!