TFM (To Find Me) Mark Twain

My TFM (To Find Me) project for today is the Library of Congress catalog and the subject is “Mark Twain.” I started at:, selected “Author Keyword,” and entered “Mark Twain.” Putting in the exact string is a TFM score of 1 but I had to start somewhere.

Results? 36 results in total: 6 personal names, 7 meeting names, and 23 corporate names. Since I am interested in the subject, the author “Mark Twain,” let’s look a bit closer at the returns. The returns include the number of “titles” for each listing, thus the first one is 1 title by “David, Mark Twain.”

  • 1 David, Mark Twain
  • 1 Nadir, Mark Twain, 1913-
  • 17 Twain, Mark.
  • 1438 Twain, Mark, 1835-1910
  • 1 Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 (Spirit)
  • Twain, Mark Mrs., 1845-1904

The fourth entry, “1438 Twain, Mark, 1835-1910” has a more info logo and if we follow that we find: “see also: Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910.” If we follow that, we get:

  • 9 Clemens, Samuel Langhorne, 1835-1910

There is a more info link with a pointer to “Twain, Mark, 1835-1910” at this result.

As it stands now, we have a TFM score of 2 on the subject of Mark Twain (Exact string, Mark Twain and Clemens, Samuel Langhorne). I am curious about the entry with 1438 titles since I am sure that Twain’s literary output was less than that number. Note that “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” does not appear in the listing of the works by Twain in the third line item. Clearly something is amiss.

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