The Strange Life of Dan Carter Beard

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Dan Carter Beard wasn’t just one of the founders of Boy Scouts of America; he was also Mark Twain’s most trusted illustrator. Twain said of Beard’s work:

Dan Beard is the only man who can correctly illustrate my writings for he not only illustrates the text, but he also illustrates my thoughts.

The Public Domain Review examines Beard’s literary career and ties it back to Twain, politics, and a love of chivalry.


P.E. Garcia is an Editorial Assistant for The Rumpus and the Dead Letters Editor for the Offing. His writing has appeared in Hunger Mountain, Prairie Schooner, and more. His chapbook is available from Awst Press. Born and raised in Arkansas, he now lives in Philadelphia where he's a PhD student at Temple University. Find him on Twitter @AvantGarcia. More from this author →