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The William H. Hannon Library's Fall 2019 exhibition from Archives and Special Collections is now on display in the Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery. "Roughing It: How Mark Twain Made the West" highlights Twain's lasting contributions to the Western mythos.

Many consider the Mississippi to be the epicenter of Mark Twain's literary legacy, but it was the rugged American West where he first garnered fame. Here he penned the first takes that made him a household name and here he gathered the memories that evolved into his second full-length work, Roughing It. Published in 1872 and filled to the brim with satirical wit, Roughing It recalls the adventure a young Twain underwent during the 1880s. This exhibit highlights Mark Twain's lasting contributions to the Western mythos alongside others who shared his passion and who looked to Roughing It as the flagship of their genre.

The exhibition will run August 19, 2019 through December 13, 2019. The Terrance L. Mahan, S.J. Gallery is open Monday through Friday 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. and is located on level 3 of the William H. Hannon Library on the campus of Loyola Marymount University. 

For more information about this exhibition, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

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