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Olivia Langdon Clemens was once not just the affection of Mark Twain's existence and the mum of his teenagers, she used to be additionally his editor, muse, critic and depended on consultant. She learn his letters and speeches. He trusted her judgment on his writing, and simply admitted that she not just edited his paintings, but additionally edited his public character. formerly, little has been identified approximately Livy's the most important position in Twain's lifestyles. In Resa Willis's affecting and interesting biography, we meet a dignified, positive lady who married younger, raised 3 sons and a daughter, continued myriad illnesses and cash woes and who faithfully traipsed around the globe with Twain - Africa, Europe, Asia-while fighting his moodiness and her frailty. Twain loved her. A hard-drinking dreamer with an insatiable wanderlust, he wanted a person to tame him. It used to be Livy who inspired him to complete his autobiography even in the course of the final levels of her ailment. whilst she died in 1904, Twain's zest for all times and writing was once long gone. He died six years later. A triumph of the biographer's artwork, Mark and Livy offers the fullest photograph but of 1 of the main influential girls in American letters.

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Whatever the causes, which remain as deep and hidden as the recesses of the mind, the pain and paralysis were real enough to Livy and her family. Finally, as a last resort, in the fall of 1864, at the suggestion of Jervis’s nephew Andrew, the Langdons in desperation paid Dr. James Rogers Newton a sum of fifteen hundred dollars to try to cure Livy. ” While he considered the man a quack, Andrew Langdon was impressed that he had seen him cure a crippled Elmira man. ” The tackle over the bed had long been abandoned by this time.

Silas Weir Mitchell’s rest cure was the standard cure for neurasthenia. His cure also incorporated rest, massage, electricity, and isolation. Mitchell recommended a female patient be isolated in bed for six weeks, visited only by her doctor and her nurse to feed and massage her. Any intellectual activity was forbidden—no reading or writing, not even sewing. The purpose was to build the patient’s fat and blood. ” Mitchell prized himself on suiting the individual cure to the patient. He took one of his female patients, languishing from paralysis, for a carriage ride.

A good jest in time of misfortune is food and drink. It is strength to the arm, digestion to the stomach, courage to the heart. ” This final remark is attributed to Anna Brownell Jameson, a popular British author of the time, and taken from her commonplace book. All the entries attest to Livy’s sheltered background, her intelligence, her feeling of her role in the world and her religious faith—quotations that admonish her to have an inner and outer beauty. “Improve your physical condition. ” Whatever influence Samuel Clemens did or did not have on her faith over the years of their marriage, the words recorded by the young woman in her commonplace book show a devout and orthodox, even if untested, faith.

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