Comment: Tesla: Master of Lighting, Gatherer of Light. Mark Twain friend.

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Tesla: Master of Lighting, Gatherer of Light. Mark Twain friend.

Nikola Tesla demonstrates to Mark Twain. Twain amazes Tesla.

Tesla also used his unusual cognitive abilities to memorize long passages of the many works he enjoyed, supposedly memorizing entire books with is uncanny photographic memory. One of his favorite writers was Mark Twain, whom he would later befriend and host many visits with at his laboratory at 35 South Fifth avenue in the late 1890s. Tesla even went so far as to credit Twain with his recovery of his early illnesses, stating that he found the writer’s early novels “so captivating as to make me utterly forget my hopeless state.” Half a century after his illnesses had passed, the two met for the first time in New York, at which time Tesla shared the story of his recovery with Twain, recounting his amazement at seeing “the great man of laughter burst into tears.”

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul