Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain's Closest Friend
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About the Author

Steve Courtney has been a journalist for more than thirty years, and was a writer and editor for The Hartford Courant for more than twenty. He now works at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford as a publicist and guide. He has written on scientific, historical and literary subjects, serving as Deputy Editor of Northeast, the Courant's Sunday magazine, for five years. He served for a year as President of Sunmag, the national organization of Sunday magazine editors. He has interviewed such literary figures as Umberto Eco, Stanley Kunitz, Garrison Keillor and Henry Louis Gates. In the past decade, Steve has frequently written and spoken on Joseph Hopkins Twichell and his relation to literary and social history in many forums, including the Yale University East Asian Studies Department's lecture series, the Quarry Farm lectures at Elmira College, and the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford. He founded and leads an annual eight-mile walk in the Hartford area commemorating similar autumn and spring walks Twichell and Mark Twain took to the top of nearby Talcott Mountain. He is married to Lisa Bower Courtney, and between them they have five children. He makes his home in Terryville, Connecticut.

While writing Joseph Hopkins Twichell: The Life and Times of Mark Twain's Closest Friend (University of Georgia Press, 2008) he also co-edited The Civil War Letters of Joseph Hopkins Twichell: A Chaplain's Story (University of Georgia Press, 2006) with Peter Messent.

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