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Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
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503
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
2,5003,500
LOT SOLD. 3,750 USD
JUMP TO LOT

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Clemens, Samuel L.
Printed document partly accomplished in a clerical hand and partly in Clemens's hand and signed ("Mark Twain"), one page on Philadelphia Press letterhead (7 3/4 x 5 3/4 in.; 197 x 146 mm), [Hartford], 1889, being a response to a questonnaire about his literary career; light soiling, 2 tiny tears in upper left corner, docket pinhole in upper right corner. Brown cloth chemise and morocco-backed slipcase. — Autograph note signed ("Mark Twain") on the bottom margin a typed letter from the Denver Press Club (9 7/8 x 7 7/8 in.; 250 x 200 mm) dated 23 May 1907, being a response to a request for an signed photograph of himself; browned, typescript faded, repairs to left margin, evidence of mat burn.  
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Catalogue Note

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."

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

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New York