Vol 3 Section 1038

974                                                                        1904

Your brother should have stayed longer; the weather is heavenly now [MTP]. Note: Sam quotes from Macalister’s not extant Apr. 3; see entry.

Sam’s notebook: “To-morrow. Clara’s first appearance before the public tonight / [Horiz. Line separator] / Countess requires Giovanni banish Lyons. Our priest provides quarters / [Horiz. Line separator] / Countess notified the man to whom she pays a franc a day that she will stop his job if he accepts food for his family from our kitchen again” [NB 47 TS 9].

Two copies of the first American edition of Extracts of Adam’s Diary, Translated from the Original MS were deposited with the Copyright Office [Hirst, “A Note on the Text” Afterword materials p.27, Oxford ed. 1996]. The plates were in use until 1914. Frederick Strothman (1879-1958) illustrated. Eve’s Diary would follow in June 1906.

April 8 FridayIn the evening at the Sala Filarmonica in Florence, Clara Clemens gave another performance of song. Sam was there and called the concert “a triumph.” Edward Caulfield in the Italian Gazette: “Miss Clemens possesses a very sympathetic contralto voce of considerable extension and of a remarkably sweet and touching quality” [ibid]. Clara would give another performance in the same venue on Apr. 15. Note: in his Apr. 12 to Rogers, Sam put the night of Livy’s attack to “two days after” Clara’s performance, or Apr. 10, but see his NB entry for Apr. 9.

William Lyon Phelps was in the audience at Clara’s performance. In his article, “Some Notes on Mark Twain. With Some Unpublished Letters” in The Independent, May 5, 1910, p.958:

On the 8th of April, 1904, I had the pleasure of hearing a song recital in Florence given by Miss Clara Clemens, now Gabrilowitsch. She has, as everybody knows, a splendid deep contralto voice, and that evening she sang beautifully. Mark Twain was in the audience, and, in spite of himself, was forced to hold an informal reception before the Italians and foreigners in the room would let him depart to his villa on the hill.

Phelps also wrote in his Autobiography with Letters (1939), ch. 44, “Literary Pilgrimage in Italy”:

Friday night 8 April we were present at the début of Clara Clemens as a concert singer; she sang from Semiramide with glorious tones. In the audience was her father Mark Twain. I spoke with him and he said in mock solemnity, “Yes, I am passing off the stage, and now my daughter is the famous member of the family.” I asked permission to call at his villa and he told me to come early on the following Thursday 14 April; so that we could talk together before his weekly reception of visitors, which began at four o’clock. [See Apr. 14 entry]. Note: Reminiscences some decades after the fact that include direct quotations or paraphrases of Mark Twain should be taken advisedly.

Sam’s notebook: “FORMALINE. / Clara’s concert / [Horiz. Line separator] / Wrote MacAlister to devote 3 Plasmon Founders shares (at L1000 to the Formaline scheme in the way proposed. (See his letter of April 3, 1904.) / [Horiz. Line separator] / Clara’s concert was a triumph. Livy woke up & sent for her to tell her all about it near midnight!” [NB 47 TS 9].

Frederick A. Duneka wrote to Sam, glad he liked the plan for the “Joan of Arc” article for the Christmas

issue and he would “turn Pyle loose on it at once.” Also, “We shall keep watch over Mark Twain day at the St. Louis fair and get some advertising out of it.” On another matter, he wrote, “The love letters of Benjamin Constant and that prize beauty Madame de Stael ought to make a fine feature if—they really are love letters and not merely academic discussions of a rise in temperature superinduced by propinquity…I want however, to thank you very, very much for your zeal in the matter” [MTP].

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