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He remarked on his lonliness in 1908, saying, “After my wife’s death, June 5, 1904, I experienced a long period of unrest and loneliness. Clara and Jean were busy with their studies and their labors and I was washing about on a forlorn sea of banquets and speechmaking in high and holy causes… I had reached the grandpapa stage of life; and what I lacked and what I needed was grandchildren.”
Grandchildless and Widowed
In 1904, Mark’s wife of 34 years passed away, adding another layer of tragedy and loss to his heart. He felt so alone at home, but there was a ray of sunshine in his life that he decided to make brighter through letter-writing and visitation.
He began to keep the company of young girls that became like the grandchildren he never had.
Beginning in 1907 and lasting until the months before his death in 1910, Mark Twain became close to the pre-pubescent and teen female daughters of his affluent friends and acquaintances. He met many of these children on luxury boating trips between America, Bermuda, and England.
He would correspond with these girls through letters ,and they would come to visit him at his home, named Innocence at Home, in Connecticut.