The Remarkable Friendship of Grant and Twain:
On Thursday, June 20 at 7:00 PM, following a brief business meeting, Elizabeth Diggs will tell the story of the remarkable friendship of Ulysses S. Grant, war hero and president, and Mark Twain, author.
When Grant was bankrupted in a Wall Street swindle at age 62, his only hope to restore his honor and save his family was to write his memoirs of the war. News of Grant’s calamity brings his friend Mark Twain to his side. Twain is infuriated by the terms offered by the prestigious publisher and makes an audacious proposal: he himself will publish Grant’s book and make it the biggest bestseller in American history. When Grant finally agrees, he is faced with a double enemy — he is diagnosed with terminal cancer. He writes in a race with death and discovers an enemy in his own house.
Elizabeth, a playwright and former Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, wrote a play, “Grant and Twain,” which was performed nationwide and at our local PS21. She was fascinated by the friendship between the two most famous men in the country, who were utterly different in temperament. Twain loved the limelight; Grant was a man of action, with little interest in his own fame. Both were American originals.
This program is free and we invite you to join us on at the Greenport Community Center (Town Hall Drive in Hudson, last building on the left). Refreshments will be available after the presentation.