Thursday, April 15, 2010

Mark Twain's Final Years: Recalling The Author's Death 100 Years Later

It's also reported that he lived in Riverdale, in the Bronx, at what is called "Wave Hill", today two former mansions. For the short time he was there, later the home of notables such as Arturo Toscanini, and lastly the British Embassy compound until the early 1960s, it's said if one wanted an interview with him one had to come and sit in the tree-house there and have a cup of tea, where he liked to conduct interviews. I once did a "tree-survey" of Wave Hill, using an infra-red transit and AutoCad mapping software when it was starting out, updating their map from the 1930s, and for the archaeology of the NYC Riverdale Park, where invading non-native species were considered for removal. Quite a number of large trees there along the east bank of the Hudson River in view of the once demanded preservation of the New Jersey Palisades across the river the 16th century explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano once called a "grand escarpment".

Later a young John F. Kennedy would live in Riverdale, until the market crashed in 1929, his father had wanted to be in on the "ground floor" of the new "talkies" which ushered in the end of the silent film era, but moved to Massachusetts. I read recently, Samuel Clemens had just obtained his riverboat pilot license when the American Civil War broke out. I'm glad he decided to take pen to paper.

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