Mark Twain

Australian ‘copyright expert’ advocates perpetual copyright

By Chris Meadows
September 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

Techdirt is one of the more opinionated news sources I read, and while I do often agree with that opinion, sometimes it isn’t terribly well informed. Sometimes it’s even flat-out wrong. You always have to adjust for that when you read any story on the site. But that said, when it’s right, [...]

Time will create authorial greatness in the e-book era

By Susan Lulgjuraj
February 24, 2013 // 4 Comments

Love or hate e-books, so many people at least have an opinion on the topic. Rich Adin at the blog An American Editor writes, “Are eBooks the Death Knell of Authorial Greatness?” Adin is an e-book reader, but he seems worried that authors may never be considered great again because of [...]

How did Mark Twain really feel about perpetual copyright?

By Chris Meadows
January 9, 2011 // 3 Comments

I’ve often mentioned that Mark Twain was a supporter of perpetual copyright, but it occurred to me that in a sense I’ve not been living up to the dictates of the state we share. I’d been taking an out of context quote’s word for it, rather than insisting that you have to “show me”. And [...]

Mark Twain scholar removes n-word from Huckleberry Finn

By Chris Meadows
January 5, 2011 // 3 Comments

Only a few short months after Mark Twain’s autobiography began to be published in full for the first time (and became an unexpected best-seller), one of the most famous controversies spawned by his most well-known book is also being revisited. Twain scholar Alan Gribben is producing an expurgated [...]

Mark Twain autobiography selling faster than publisher can print it

By Chris Meadows
November 22, 2010 // 5 Comments

Remember that Mark Twain autobiography, allowed to be published in full only a century after Samuel Clemens’s death? The New York Times reports that it’s turning into a surprise runaway bestseller—the publisher can’t print the books fast enough to keep up with the demand. It originally [...]

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