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Young Mark Twain, on the cusp of fame as an author, worked as a D.C. journalist for several months in 1867 and 1868. While he's closely linked to the banks of the Mississippi and his home in Connecticut, Twain's time as a capital correspondent is often overlooked. We find out how his short stay in the city shaped his career and trademark satirical style, and discover shadows of Twain's D.C. in the modern District.
Excerpted from "Mark Twain in Washington, D.C.: The Adventures of a Capital Correspondent" by John Muller. Copyright © 2013 by John Muller. Excerpted by permission of The History Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.