Saturday, July 20, 2019
Henry S. Cohn & Adam J. Tarr recently published an Article entitled, A Challenging Inheritance: The Fate of Mark Twain’s Will, 37 Quinnipiac L. Rev. 271-342 (2019). Provided below is an introduction of the Article.
There have been numerous books and essays written about Mark Twain's final two unhappy years in Redding, Connecticut, as well as several writings capturing the lives, also generally tragic, of his surviving daughter and granddaughter. This article retells some of that story, but from a legal perspective.
The article makes use of documents from the estates of Mark Twain and his descendants, including original wills, probate papers, trust instruments, and court and business filings. This legal perspective concludes on a happier note, explaining how the literary “Mark Twain” has succeeded in the twenty-first century, well beyond his death in 1910.