Mark Twain in San Francisco

Twain’s San Francisco Years

Mark Twain lived in San Francisco from 1864 to 1866, working as a journalist for several newspapers, including the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle.

The de Young Brothers

The San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle was founded by teenage brothers Charles and Michael de Young on January 16, 1865. Starting as a small daily theatrical advertising sheet, the paper quickly became known for its sensational and scandalous content.

The de Youngs’ Rise to Wealth

The De Young brothers were ambitious and aggressive in their approach. They leveraged their newspaper’s popularity to establish themselves in San Francisco’s media industry. Their willingness to engage in and report on controversy and scandal drew a wide readership, helping them amass considerable wealth and influence. However, this aggressive style also led to personal dangers; Charles De Young was assassinated in his office on April 23, 1880, due to a scandalous newspaper feud.

Establishing the de Young Museum

Despite the turbulent times, Michael de Young played a crucial role in establishing the de Young Museum in 1895, which became a prominent cultural institution in San Francisco.

Intersection of Literature and Art

While Twain captured the essence of San Francisco through his writings, the de Young Museum continues to preserve and showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage, creating a fascinating intersection between literature and art.


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