A Challenging Inheritance: The Fate of Mark Twain's Will

72 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2019

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Henry S. Cohn

Connecticut Superior Court

Adam J. Tarr

ACCEL Law Group P.C.

Date Written: March 14, 2019


There have been numerous books and essays written about Mark Twain’s final two unhappy years in Redding, Connecticut, as well as several writings capturing the lives, also generally tragic, of his surviving daughter and granddaughter. This article retells some of that story, but from a legal perspective.

The article makes use of documents from the estates of Mark Twain and his descendants, including original wills, probate papers, trust instruments, and court and business filings. This legal perspective concludes on a happier note, explaining how the literary “Mark Twain” has succeeded in the twenty-first century, well beyond his death in 1910.

Suggested Citation

Cohn, Henry S. and Tarr, Adam J., A Challenging Inheritance: The Fate of Mark Twain's Will (March 14, 2019). Quinnipiac Law Review, Vol. 37, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3356716

Henry S. Cohn (Contact Author)

Connecticut Superior Court ( email )

Adam J. Tarr

ACCEL Law Group P.C.

433 S Main St #305
West Hartford, CT 06110
United States

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