With too many quotes to possibly pick one that would sum up his greatness, we won’t try. Instead we present this delightful talk on Mark Twain, his work, his legacy, his wit and his wisdom with two local professors who have studied Twain in depth. Larry Howe teaches Twain in his English courses at Roosevelt University and has also written a book about him, and Loren Ghiglione of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern even traveled Twain’s routes of several books. He documented the journey on a website that expresses his affection for Mark Twain while recounting that trip he took along with two students.

A bonus here are some readings that most people won’t have heard from selections most don’t know. They show you just how creative Twain was and how he was never off his game.