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(Floyd) http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=olivia+langdon+clemens&oe=UTF-8&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&tbm=isch&source=og&sa=N&tab=wi&ei=PllgUfvNFs6i4AP-tIEw&biw=1081&bih=614&sei=gVlgUdfLOOPC4AOZ6oCYBQ Samuel Clemens and Olivia Langdon Clemens -Olivia's brother Charles met Samuel when they were both passengers on the Quaker City in 1867 -It is said that when Charles showed Samuel a small painting of his sister he instantly fell in love -Charles then invited him to eat dinner with his family in New York City
(Floyd) -Charles then invited him to eat dinner with his family in New York City Samuel Clemens and Olivia Langdon Clemens -Then in during the summer of 1868 they invited Samuel to visit their house in Elmira (Floyd) -The first Time Sam asked Olivia to marry him she refused, but said he could write to her -He wrote 184 letters to her over the next 17 months -They got married in 1870
(Nelson) -Similar to the marriage of Olivia's parents, theirs was "very much one of equals"(Floyd) -Their house in Hartford was in Olivia's name -For a while Mark Twain's copyrights were transferred to her to preserve the income from creditors -She also participated in his writings by reading pages of his manuscripts and reviewing them (Floyd) -Olivia mainly took care of their house and even with her illness she stayed a strong part of the family -She was the main caregiver (besides the servants) of their three daughters -They described her as being the "firm, yet gentle, moral center of the household" -She also read her husbands writings to their daughters
(Floyd) Education -All daughters were taught at home -Olivia taught the lessons at first, but later had tutors teach reading, writing, history, arithmetic, literature, and science -Samuel wanted them to lean German as young children
(Floyd ) -Langdon Clemens was their fist child born on November 7, 1870 (Floyd) -However, they became happy again with the births of their three daughters, Olivia, Clara, and Jane. -The Clemens loved Hartford and spent the summers in Elmira with Olivia's family -They had many pets including, horses, a donkey, ducks, chickens, turkeys, squirrels, cats and three dogs (Nelson) Olivia Susan Clemens -second child and oldest of three daughters -Born March 19, 1872 -Suffered from depression and illnesses as a teenager -At 13 she started writing a biography of her father using family stories, letters, articles, and her own thoughts. -When the family went to Europe she stayed behind with her mother's family -Before her family came back she got sick with spinal meningitis and died in Hartford in 1896 -After she died they no longer wanted to live in their Hartford house where they raised their daughters, so they sold it in 1903 (Floyd) Clara Langdon Clemens -two years younger than Susy -Born on June 8, 1874 -They were close in age so they had similar childhoods -Went with her parents on an around the world trip in 1895 -After Susy died she found herself in the "emotionally draining" position to keep her family together -she was the only child to survive her parents
(Floyd) Jane Lampton Clemens -Born on July 26, 1880 -Always called Jean by her family -She loved the wildlife and Outdoors -Diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 15 years old -While in Europe they went to doctors for treatment in England, Sweden, Germany, and Switzerland -In the fall of 1909 she went to live with her dad and Clara in Redding, ct and worked as his personal secretary She died of a heat attack resulting from a seizure in 1909 (Floyd) Works Cited http://www.marktwainhouse.org/man/twains_children.php http://www.marktwainhouse.org/man/twains_children.php http://www.marktwainhouse.org/man/twains_children.php
Floyd, Rebecca. "Olivia “Livy” Langdon Clemens." The Mark Twain House and Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.marktwainhouse.org/man/olivia_langdon_clemens.php>.
Floyd, Rebecca. "Twain’s Children." The Mark Twain House And Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://www.marktwainhouse.org/man/twains_children.php>.
Nelson, Bill. "A Happy Home." N.p., 2009. Web. <http://firstclass.k-o.org/Login/FOV1-0003F93C/S022A2A5C.0/DownloadDocument.webarchive>.