The Gilded Age by Mark Twain and Charles D. Warner. Since we are living in the second Gilded Age, I decided to read Mark Twain’s account of the original Gilded Age. The Gilded Age gave its name to the latter third of the 1800s, but Twain’s account was limited to corruption in Congress during the Grant presidency, 1869 to 1877. When we use the term the Gilded Age, we usually think of the oppression of the 99% by the 1% of the day. Certainly the original Gilded Age and today’s version feature excessive consumption by the wealthy, poverty for the majority, deception by the media and corruption in the halls and offices of power.