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have been exceptional anywhere’ (p.513). HF, with its dialect, is a ‘masterpiece, that amazing Odyssey of the Mississippi,’ the product of ‘an artistic conscience as strenuous as Irving’s, or Poe’s, or Hawthorne’s’ (p.477); it is ‘a book which in certain moods one is disposed for all its eccentricity to call the most admirable work of literary art as yet produced on this continent’ (p.503)” [35-6].

JanuaryAt 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Mrs. Ira L. Smith in Hopkinsville, Ky. stating that the Library of Literature was wrong and Review of Reviews was right: “I was born in the village of Florida, Mo.” [MTP].

Lecky writes that Sam’s short essay, “History 1,000 Years from Now” (the title is Paine’s), “may well have been the germ of ‘Eddypus,’” and that it was written this month [Fables of Man 386-7].

Review of Reviews for Jan. ran an anonymous article, “A Sketch of Mark Twain: The Veteran Author Returns to America,” p.37-41. Tenney: “A general discussion of MT’s travels and place in the public heart, with a conventional biographical sketch; includes five old (and familiar) photographs of MT and one labeled “his latest and photographs of his homes in Hannibal and Hartford” [Tenney: “A Reference Guide Second Annual Supplement,” American Literary Realism, Autumn 1978 p. 172].

Education ran Clemens J. France’s article, “Mark Twain as Educator, p.265-74. Tenney: “Sympathy, insight into human nature, and freedom from prejudice qualify MT to speak as an educator, and his works embody ‘a common sense philosophy of life.’ TS shows how a real boy can mature through experience if allowed to do so, and has the further value of reminding adult readers of the importance of boyhood” [34].

Bookman ran Harry Thurston Peck’s article, “As to Mark Twain,” p. 441-2. Tenney: “Takes issue with the

lavish praise given him: ‘Mark Twain is first and last and all the time, so far as he is anything, a humorist and nothing more.’ Photograph of MT, p.440” [35].

January, end of, or FebruaryTuckey puts this period to Sam’s article “The Stupendous Procession,” which shares some quotations with his “To the Person Sitting in Darkness.” First published in Fables of Man (403-19)/ Part of this piece may be seen in MTB p. 1149-50.

January 1 TuesdaySam’s notebook: “Cable address of Leigh Hunt: Pukchin Chemulpo Corea / Joe Jefferson

      Dundreary’s dogs” [NB 44 TS 2]. Note: Leigh S.J. Hunt (1854-1933), educator and publisher, by this time had become a multi-millionaire through tax-free gold mining concessions in Korea.

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At 1410 W. 10th in N.Y.C., Sam wrote to Augustus T. Gurlitz, forwarding Justus S. North’s Dec. 28, 1900 letter about the bogus Library of Wit and Humor. North had accused Sam of “procuring money under false pretenses.” Sam to Gurlitz: Jan. 1 Just received. That disastrous book seems to be traveling, you see” [MTP].

Sam also wrote to Eleanor V. Hutton about a reading he’d agreed to give at Princeton University.

No, my idea was, to read to the students on the strenuous condition that no reference to it should get into print—no handbills, no posters, no ads. of any kind. I’m not in the lecture field, & could not afford to have it known that I was giving a reading.

My dread of its getting into print was so great that I got Clara to write & ask Mr. Marquand if he thought I could postpone the promised reading until late Spring—for then if it got into print the lecture season would be over…. [MTP].

SLC used mourning border for most letters from Susy’s death on, then from Livy’s death on.