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The review of four books on Mark Twain incorrectly described Ralph Ashcroft, who married Twain secretary Isabel Lyon and allegedly conspired with her to fleece the writer, as a lawyer. Ashcroft, along with Lyon, had power of attorney over Twain's affairs for a time, but he was not a lawyer; he was a businessman.

Dennis Drabelle reviews four biographies of Mark Twain

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By Dennis Drabelle
Sunday, March 14, 2010

MARK TWAIN: MAN IN WHITE

The Grand Adventure of His Final Years

By Michael Shelden

Random House. 484 pp. $30

MARK TWAIN'S OTHER WOMAN

The Hidden Story of His Final Years

By Laura Skandera Trombley

Knopf. 332 pp. $27.95

LIGHTING OUT FOR THE TERRITORY

How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain

By Roy Morris, Jr.

Simon & Schuster 282 pp. $26


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