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By 1890, Mark Twain was arguably the most famous writer in America. From 1867, when he published “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County & Other Sketches” to lukewarm sales to 1889 when critics widely panned one of his last novels, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” Twin had given American Literature three of its most enduring classics, “Tom Sawyer” (1876), “The Prince and the Pauper” (1881), and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” (1884). By 1890, Mark Twain had earned his rest. That summer, Twain, his wife, Livy, and their three daughters, Susy, Clara, and Jean rented a cottage at Onteora Park in the northern Catskills. Interior design giant Candace Wheeler had founded Onteora Park in 1883 with her brother, Frank Thurber, quickly developing it into a summer getaway for artists, writers, and other notables. Wheeler’s firm, Associated Artists, which she had co-founded with designer Louis Comfort Tiffany, had designed the interior of Mark Twain’s house in Hartford, Connecticut. By 1890, the Onteora Club had become a veritable who’s who of American Art and Letters, including writers Mary Mapes Dodge (Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates), Elizabeth Bacon Custer (Tenting on the Plains); Laurence Hutton , American […]