Mark Twain’s Voice/ Audio

Mark Twain

You’ve seen his pictures, read his books, enjoyed his sharpened wit and piercing humor. But you’ve never heard the sound, the cadence or inflections of Mark Twain’s voice. It is unlikely that you ever will hear the authentic Twain voice. The most celebrated and sought-after speaker of his century, a man heard around the world, apparently left us with his written, but not his spoken word. No voice recording is known to survive. One recording, considered to be the most reliable example of his manner of speech, was made at Harvard University in 1934 when William Gillette, a celebrated actor and former neighbor of Twain, performed his long-practiced imitation of Twain to a class of students. Video narration by Rod Rawlings.

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