Cath Schaff-Stump: “Mark Twain’s Daughter”

Cath Schaff-Stump‘s contribution to Abandoned Places first appeared in Paper Golem’s Cucurbital 3. Here she shares her motivation for writing the story and the intent behind it:

“‘Up go the trolley cars for Mark Twain’s daughter. Down go the trolley cars for Mark Twain’s daughter.’ These lines haunted me when I first heard them in a documentary about Mark Twain. They were said by his daughter Susy Clemens who died of spinal meningitis, alone, in the family’s gigantic home in Hartford, Connecticut. Borrowing heavily from documented biographical information, I imagined Susy’s fever dream might have been something like this.

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