Mark Twain’s Gothic Home Has Had Its Fair Share of Horrors

Mark Twain’s Gothic Home Has Had Its Fair Share of Horrors

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Want to hear a vaguely fun fact? Mark Twain (true name: Samuel Clemens) wrote his most famous books (Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, etc.) in an American High Gothic home in Hartford, Connecticut. I said vaguely fun. Don’t accuse me of over-promising. It’s a gorgeous house, and, by all accounts, Twain had a grand time there with his wife Olivia and his three daughters. He’d smoke cigars and play billiards with his bros, and write what’s now generally considered some of the best American literature. And it was home to Harriet Beecher Stowe. But the house hasn’t had the best luck since. …