Mark Twain opines on his literary career with his trademark wit. The questionnaire from the Philadelphia Press was sent to the four leading authors of the day; it was solliciting a response to the circumstances and what personal quality had contributed to his literary success. To the first question Clemens writes: "I have published infrequently, & have burnt more manuscripts than I have printed." To the second, he responds: "Good Humor."
The second letter is from the President of the Denver Press Club who is asking Clemens for a signed photograph because "in the olden, golden days in Nevada you, too, were a newspaper worker. ... You are a mighty cheerful personality and to look at your pictured face and ponder on your deeds will do us all good." Clemens responds below: "Write on it: | Mark Twain | Dear of the planet's journalism: | began [struck through] joined the guild in 1849, aged 14, | & has not broken the connection in 58 years."
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