Olivia Susan “Susy” Clemens

Olivia Susan “Susy” Clemens

Birth
Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Death 18 Aug 1896 (aged 24)
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Elmira, Chemung County, New York, USA
Plot Section G
Memorial ID 6093051 View Source
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Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) daughter and precocious writer. At the age of thirteen, she began a biography of her father. She wrote,"He is a very good man and a very funny one. He has got a temper, but we all of us have in this family. He is the loveliest man I ever saw or hope to see--and oh so absent-minded! He does tell perfectly delightful stories...". She wrote until the summer of 1886. She gave a testimony unique of her life in the Clemens family during a time when Mark Twain was in the peak of his career. Sadly, she died in 1896 from spinal meningitis. Later, Mark Twain incorporated much of her journals in his own autobiography. Susy is generally regarded as Sam's favorite child, and her death was a great blow to both her parents. They never returned to the Hartford home. On the one-year anniversary of her death, Mark Twain published a poem in Harper's Magazine. In her epitaph reads: "Warm Summer Sun, Shine Kindly Here; Warm Southern Wind, Blow Softly Here; Green Sod Above, Lie Light, Lie Light. Good Night, Dear Heart, Good Night, Good Night." (Mark Twain).

Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni


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