Did you know that a Bath native figured significantly in the life of Mark Twain?
Bath native Captain Charles Crooker Duncan was the captain of the steamship Quaker City, which in 1867 set off on the first-full scale pleasure cruise of the Mediterranean, including a pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. Mark Twain and his newspaper sponsors thought this trip could provide entertaining dispatches for their readers. So it did, as well as the resulting book The Innocents Abroad, a highly successful book where the cynical Twain did not always portray Captain Duncan in a complimentary light. But the trip was life-changing for Twain.
Dr. Paula Harrington, co-author of Mark Twain & France: The Making of a New American Identity and Director of the Farnham’s Writers’ Center at Colby College, will speak on “A Tale of Two Trips: Mark Twain and Captain Duncan on the Quaker City Voyage” at the Community Room of Patten Free Library on Saturday, September 29th at 10:30 AM. Doors open at 10 AM. The talk is free and open to the public. For more information: call 443-5141, extension 18.