A good study of American history could be achieved merely in studying the chronicle of the lives of these two men, even though Churchill was British. A good study of American history, or world history, cannot be had without familiarity with both of them, and why they are important.
Both were writers, of travelogues and geographical romps, of history, though Twain is chiefly known as a fiction writer. Both were great humorists, often funny, often sharply witty with bon-mots that shone a highlight on some human foible or forgotten-but-shouldn’t-be point of history.
Both of them loved good whiskey, and a good cigar.
(I should have more to say about each of these men, especially having visited with Churchill in Wisconsin, Fulton, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., and with Twain in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, and Washington, D.C., in the past few months. But I also will attend a funeral for a friend, and I will get a good night’s sleep; get a shot of whiskey, a good cigar if your cardiologist lets you have one on occasion, and toast them whether I write any more or not.)
So, how will you celebrate the anniversary of the births of Mark Twain and Winston Churchill, on November 30?
I wonder how they celebrate in Hannibal, and in Fulton?
- Why Winston Churchill will always be the last word in political wit (telegraph.co.uk)
- Winston Churchill’s family heirlooms go on show (itv.com)
- Review: The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill, Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 (macleans.ca)