By Mark Twain
The eagerly-awaited quantity 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain’s lifestyles, uncovering the numerous roles he performed in his deepest and public worlds. full of his attribute mixture of humor and ire, the narrative levels without difficulty around the modern scene. He stocks his perspectives on writing and conversing, his preoccupation with cash, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing via turns, his intractable interest and candor are all over the place on view.
Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet E. Smith
affiliate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon okay. Goetz and Leslie Diane Myrick
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Thomas Tanselle—we are indebted for every kind of moral and intellectual support. Scholars and archivists at other institutions have been vital to editorial work on this volume. com) consistently delivers the goods, has freely and generously shared information and documents with us. Kevin Mac Donnell, an expert dealer and collector of Mark Twain documents, has been generous as ever. We would also like to thank the following scholars, librarians, and archivists who assisted us with research, documents, and permissions: Jim Boulden; Tara Brady; Lee Brumbaugh, of the Nevada Historical Society; Donald Hoffmann; Sally Hobby Owen; Lance Heidig, of Cornell University Library; Patti Philippon, of the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford; Steve Courtney, also of that House; Dean M.
Am I standing upon the world’s back and looking east toward the rising sun and west toward the setting sun? That is a handsome figure! I wonder if it has been used before. It probably has. Most things that are said have been said before. In fact all things that are said have been said before. Moreover they have been said many millions of times. This is a sad thing for the human race that sits up nine nights in the week to admire its own originality. The race has always been able to think well of itself, and it doesn’t like people who throw bricks at its naïve self-appreciation.
A day will come when a mere scratch of Mr. Lincoln’s pen will outsell a whole basketful of my letters. A time will come when a scratch of the pens of those immortal soldiers, Sherman and Sheridan, will outsell a thousand scratches of mine, and so I shall enjoy my supremacy now, while I may. I shall read that clipping over forty or fifty times, now, while it is new and true, and let the desolating future take care of itself. I omit this morning’s stirring news from Russia to make room for this half-column clipping, because the clipping is about me.