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
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