Novelist David Baldacci gifts $1M to Mark Twain home

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The historic home in Hartford where Mark Twain and his family once lived has received a $1 million gift from bestselling novelist David Baldacci and his wife.

The Mark Twain House & Museum says the gift is expected to support new initiatives including writing programs and more appearances by authors.

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Baldacci, who has published 38 books, has served on the board of trustees of the Twain House since 2012.

Baldacci tells the Hartford Courant that he’s a huge fan of Mark Twain, whose real name was Samuel Clemens, and has read everything he ever wrote. Baldacci says the famed author not only made a huge impression on him through his writing, but how he conducted his life.

Clemens lived in the Hartford home from 1874 to 1891.

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