A trade card from the 1880s depicts a Santa Claus figure in a bird-themed sleigh pulled by reindeer as they are about the land on a rooftop to deliver presents from the huge sack of gifts.
December 19, 2015 In 1875, Mark Twain wrote a letter to his 3-year-old daughter from Santa Claus. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on a father's love for his daughter at Christmas time.
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November 3, 2015 Oscar Hijuelos' posthumously published novel chronicles the friendship between Mark Twain and explorer Henry Morton Stanley. Maureen Corrigan says the book lacks the magic of Hijuelos' best work.
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In her speech Wednesday night in New York, Ursula K. Le Guin declared, "The name of our beautiful reward is not profit. Its name is freedom."
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November 20, 2014 In a ceremony that saw both icons and newcomers honored, it was a fiery speech by the science fiction legend that had attendees talking. Also: A Jonathan Safran Foer book gets adapted to ballet.
November 14, 2013 Also: Ben Tarnoff on Mark Twain; famous authors who make cameos in advertisements; comedian Rob Delaney on losing friends to drug addiction.
Former U.S. Secretary of State — and much-speculated about 2016 presidential candidate? — Hillary Clinton.
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April 4, 2013 Also: Mark Twain's advice to little girls; Benjamin Lytal on Vladimir Nabokov; and author and screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala has died.
A photo of Mark Twain from the 1880s.
February 21, 2013 Also: Bill O'Reilly has a new book; George Saunders g-chats The Paris Review; and Batwoman is getting married.
January 5, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie and the new congress. In the second hour, the challenges and stigma of surrogacy, and the new edition of Huck Finn drops the "n-word."
January 4, 2011 For years, the book has been banned by some schools because of the "N" word. Those publishing the new edition hope this will get the classic story into more young students' hands.
July 14, 2010 Mark Twain's thoughts on the journalistic interview... what are yours?
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