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Updated: Sep 23, 2020

Established in 1989, the Center for Mark Twain Studies “International Conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies” is the oldest and largest gathering devoted to all things Twain. During times so turbulent and uncertain as to require that that the quadrennial conference on the State of Mark Twain Studies be postponed by a year, the theme of change and growth “speaks to our condition,” as the Quakers say. 

Growth: The Most Rigorous Law of Our Being

Every four years (with this one COVID-related exception), Twain scholars and enthusiasts meet in Elmira, NY for one of the most important and longstanding Twain-related events around. We cannot recommend the experience enough. Join us in 2022 and keep an eye out for the call for papers, dropping summer 2021 at


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