Wednesday, April 9, 2014
H: History of Hannibal, MO
What an inspirational place for a writer to live or to visit. I'm sure Twain developed his wild imagination, living only a few yards from the Big River. The white picket fence still stands as a reminder that boys will be boys."Tom Sawyer" was smitten with "Becky Thatcher" just as Mark Twain was smitten with Laura Hawkins who lived right across the street. It's amazing how many real life experiences writers add to their stories.
Hannibal is also the birthplace of the unsinkable Molly Brown (aka: Margaret "Maggie" Tobin Brown) survivor of the Titanic. Her childhood home is located down the road from Twain's. Molly praised Twain's writings. Norman Rockwell was fond of Twain and his novels, too. The proof is in the fourteen Rockwell paintings hanging in the Mark Twain Museum. Come for a visit and enjoy this quaint town and get to know two spunky individuals from history. You can have tea with Molly Brown at the Hannibal History Museum or you just might spot Twain skipping stones in the Mighty Mississippi or at the diner, I think I saw him waiting tables on Sunday.
My favorite Twain book is Tom Sawyer. I loved the suspense he conjured up when he penned the graveyard and the haunted house scenes and getting trapped and lost inside the cave. What's your favorite Twain book?
Photos: courtesy of the writer of this blog:)