By Mark Twain
The eagerly-awaited quantity 2 delves deeper into Mark Twain’s lifestyles, uncovering the various roles he performed in his deepest and public worlds. choked with his attribute mix of humor and ire, the narrative levels without difficulty around the modern scene. He stocks his perspectives on writing and conversing, his preoccupation with funds, and his contempt for the politics and politicians of his day. Affectionate and scathing by way of turns, his intractable interest and candor are in every single place on view.
Editors: Benjamin Griffin and Harriet E. Smith
affiliate Editors: Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, Sharon ok. Goetz and Leslie Diane Myrick
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But the same old offers keep arriving that have arriven every year, and been every year declined—$500 for Louisville, $500 for St. Louis, $1,000 gold for two nights in Toronto, half gross proceeds for New York, Boston, Brooklyn, &c. I have declined them all just as usual, though sorely tempted as usual. Now, I do not decline because I mind talking to an audience, but because (1) traveling alone is so heart-breakingly dreary, and (2) shouldering the whole show is such cheer-killing responsibility.
She said, “Why, don’t you remember Mrs. ” I didn’t know what to say, and so I said the wrong thing. I exposed the fact that I didn’t remember that name. She tottered where she stood. I tottered where I stood. Neither of us could say anything more, and the fact that there was a pack and jam of eager young watchers and listeners all about us didn’t in the least modify the difficulty for us. She melted into the crowd and disappeared, leaving me pretty uncomfortable—and, if signs go for anything, she was uncomfortable herself.
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. MARK TWAIN TALKS TO COLLEGE WOMEN Says He’ll Only Speak to Alumnae After This.