This week, a raft of reading about Mark Twain

In a special edition of the Week in Writing, we explore the articles and blog posts dedicated to the author, who would have turned 176 this week.

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Last year, no fewer than five original books were published about him, including his autobiography. This week, hundreds of media outlets wrote stories or posted blogs to recognize Twain and his work—or the Google doodle that marked his birthday.

Like many writers, I rank Twain among my favorite wordsmiths. He’s influenced everyone from fiction writers to speechwriters, and he probably would have authored the most follow-worthy Twitter feed.

For that reason, this week’s column features some of the best stories about Mark Twain:

Would Twain Get Booted From Facebook? An interesting hypothetical debate: What would Twain think of social media? This piece from The Christian Science Monitor examines whether Facebook’s “real name culture” would force Samuel Clemens to abandon his pen name to use the service, as it recently did with Salman Rushdie. Surely, Zuckerberg and company wouldn’t deny the world those status updates.

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