Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Mark Twain and Me

"In the new issue of the Mark Twain Journal, a rare book dealer presents his discovery of an 1861 magazine sketch that offers the first fact-based theory on 'Mark Twain'; it suggests Clemens found his pseudonym in a popular humor journal, then invented the riverboat story to promote his Missouri roots" — A New Theory on "Mark Twain" by Daniel Hernandez. "A slightly unromantic, yet nonetheless redolent theory, it summons a lesser-known part of Twain’s personal character: his proven cunning in respect to his brand."

Three of the American cities I know best, Buffalo, New York, San Francisco, and St. Louis, have a Twain connection, and while in the Far East I re-wrote these two books in simplified English:

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