by Bradley Burston
As American as Mark Twain, Jerusalem, and shattered illusions
In time for July 4, an exhibit and catalog at the National Library in Jerusalem highlight 19th Century U.S. interest in a Palestine the visiting Twain bitterly called "dream-land."
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If there had been no Holy Land - a literally disillusioning place of unkempt, faith-based absurdity - Mark Twain might have had to invent one. In some ways, for generations of Americans, he did.