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Clemens, Samuel L.
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540
Clemens, Samuel L.
Estimate
4,0006,000
LOT SOLD. 2,188 USD
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Clemens, Samuel L.

Autograph letter signed ("Father"), 2 pages on mourning stationery, [Dublin, New Hampshire], 1 October 1905, to his daughter Clara, describes the glorious New Hampshire fall foliage and announces that he has completed "A Horse's Tale." Together with: envelope addressed to longtime servant Katy Leary and marked "For Clara"; torn along left margin. — Autograph letter signed ("Father"), 2 pages, [Dublin, New Hampshire], 3 October 1905, announcing that he will be reading "A Horse's Tale" to two adults and two teenaged girls, with Miss Lyon providing the musical accompaniment.  


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"A Horse's Tale" is completed. In his 1 October letter, Clemens tells Clara that he finished the book "yesterday evening & am satisfied wtih it, though it was not manufactured calmly but with an eight-day drive & rush—a dangerous process." In the letter dated Tuesday, 3 October, he tells Clara he will give the first reading of the tale on Thursday "with 4 invited guests: a man, a woman, & 2 girls of 15. In the last chapter there are bugle-calls & war-music, & Miss Lyon will break in at the precise places & play this, as I read. We practised it last night &  got it right, & it was dramatic & stirring."

"It is joy to be alive!" In both letters, Clemens paints a vivid picture of the New Hampshire mountains in the fall. "It is noon, now, warm, briliant, profoundly still & reposeful, the valley & the retreating hills are a bewildering intoxication of color—why it is a joy to be alive!"  In the 3 October letter, he writes: "Clara dear, you think you have seen autumn foliage, but it is not so; you have seen only attempts, partial successes, & failures. And you have not seen these attempts properly grouped, properly neared & distanced, properly leveled for vivid display in the foreground, properly retreating & softening away through a spacious gate in the gorgeous hills & dimming to smouldering embers under the hazy mountains on the verge of the world."

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