Clemens, Cyril C. (Cyril Coniston), 1902-1999


Clemens, Cyril C. (Cyril Coniston), 1902-1999


Bio: Cyril Coniston Clemens (1902-1999), son of James Ross and Katherine Boland Clemens and cousin of Mark Twain, was born in St. Louis, Missouri. After attending Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut, he continued his education at St. Louis University High School and received his A.B. and M.A. degrees from Washington University in St. Louis. He married Nan B. Shallcross on October 8, 1933.

Clemens founded the International Mark Twain Society in 1930 and edited the Mark Twain Quarterly, which later became the Mark Twain Journal, from 1936 to 1982. His most popular biography, My Cousin Mark Twain, was published in 1939, followed by The Man from Missouri: A Biography of Harry S. Truman in 1945. He also wrote a number of short biographies which were published by the International Mark Twain Society from 1932 to 1970, including sketches of Thomas Hardy, A. E. Housman, George Santayana, and Lytton Strachey.


LBJ Connection: Biographer; donor of correspondence from LBJ