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Mark Twain's Hawaii

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11/07/2006

The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean is how Mark Twain described Hawaii as a young journalist in 1866. On assignment for the Sacramento Union, he attended a royal funeral, tried surfing, and trekked to an erupting Kilauea at night. He sent readers delightful dispatches filled with wry observations and sly insights. Burlington College English professor Nora Mitchell discusses the humorist