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Mark Twain in Berlin
Mark Twain in Berlin

Mark Twain in Berlin

Newly Discovered Stories & An Account of Twain’s Berlin Adventures


Americans in Berlin


176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $13.95 (US $13.95) (CA $16.95)

Publication Date: April 2015

ISBN 9781935902959

Rights: US & CA

Berlinica (Apr 2015)
Berlinica Publishing LLC

Price: $13.95


Assembled for the first time, this collection includes stories penned by Mark Twain about his everyday life, the beginnings of a novel about the lonely Prussian Princess Wilhelmina von Preussen, and his travels in Berlin which began in the fall of 1891. Twain, a "Yankee from head to toe," according to the Berlin press, conspired with diplomats, frequented the famed salons, had breakfast with duchesses, and dined with the emperor. He picked a fight with the police, was abused by a porter, got lost on streetcars, was nearly struck down by pneumonia, and witnessed a proletarian uprising right in front of his hotel on Unter den Linden. This previously unpublished collection is now available for the first time in the U.S.


"Austilat's book is of deep value to Twainians. His European sojourns have not gotten much exposure. I had no idea, for example, that a distant Missouri cousin of his had married one of the Kaiser's generals."  —Steve Courtney, publicist and publications editor, The Mark Twain House & Museum

"This fascinating book is a must-read for any Twain enthusiast."  —Andy Borowitz, author, The Republican Playbook

"The new book includes a story that Twain started in Berlin but never finished, a snarky essay about his Berlin apartment, and a few other never-before-published Twain writings."  —Hartford Courant

Author Biography

Andreas Austilat is the deputy editor of the Sunday supplement of Der Tagesspiegel, Berlin's leading daily, where he has worked since 1987. He has interviewed many celebrities, documented conversation with the last survivors of the Hindenburg, and discovered the lost copies of the oldest existing Titanic movie hidden in a Berlin archive. He has published three travel and culture guides about Brandenburg and a history book about Zehlendorf, an affluent Berlin suburb. He lives in Berlin. Lewis H. Lapham is the founder of Lapham's Quarterly and the former editor of Harper's Magazine. His writing has been published in publications such as Life, Forbes, The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and The Wall Street Journal. He is the host and author of the PBS series, America's Century. He is also on the Board of Trustees of the Advisory Council of the Mark Twain House in Hartford, Connecticut. He lives in New York City.

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