Nevada’s Territorial Enterprise and its Famous Jokesters, Hoaxers, and Tricksters Mark Twain, aka Samuel Clemens, and Dan Dequille, aka William Wright, both invented fables that the lively Enterprise published as if they were authentic news. Dequille, for example, wrote about magnetic stones that clustered and divided as if linked by a magical force. Twain sought to protest Comstock Lode stock manipulations with the story about a man so distraught by them he murdered and scalped his wife and children. German scientists were fooled by the former, and many readers swallowed Twain’s ghoulish tale. Mr. Borchert invites us to learn more about this early age of “fake news,” and to discover how these remarkable fablers also did serious journalism and other well-researched writings. The moral of the story? Perhaps it’s read but verify.
This lecture will take place at Stoneridge Creek, 3300 Stoneridge Creek Way, Pleasanton, CA 94588