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Topic - Ron Powers
Mark Twain was the kind of man who might tell an off-color joke, then grievously apologize, who wrote stories and essays he knew would offend and kept others private for the same reason.
RICHFIELD, Minn. — Charles W. Lindberg, one of the Marines who raised the first American flag over Iwo Jima during World War II, died June 24 at Fairview Southdale Hospital in the Minneapolis suburb of Edina. He was 86.
"Some people feel this is Mark Twain's satire on reconstruction and how difficult life was after the Civil War," Powers says.
"That's ridiculous," Powers said. "It's like people who ask what would Mark Twain think of women's lib? You can't assume that and then use that as a pretext for eviscerating a work of art."