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By Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy; Griffin, Benjamin; Twain, Mark

This publication publishes, for the 1st time in complete, the 2 such a lot revealing of Mark Twain’s deepest writings. the following he turns his brain to the way of life he shared together with his spouse Livy, their 3 daughters, a very good many servants, and a majestic array of pets. those first-hand money owed reveal this proficient and loving family members within the interval of its flourishing.

Mark Twain started to write “A relatives comic strip” based on the early dying of his eldest daughter, Susy, however the manuscript grew below his arms to turn into an exuberant account of the total family. His checklist of the young children’ sayings—“Small Foolishnesses”—is subsequent, by means of the similar manuscript “At the Farm.” additionally integrated are decisions from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative variation of Susy’s biography of her father, written whilst she was once undefined. Newly edited from the unique manuscripts, this anthology is a special list of a desirable family.
 

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He lent money to them by the month, at rather high interest, and as security he took their written orders on the cashier for their maturing wages, the orders including interest and principal. Also, he was lending to white men outside; and on no kinds of security but two—gold watches and diamonds. He had about a hatful of these trifles in the Club safe. The times were desperate, failure and ruin were everywhere, woe sat upon every countenance, I had seen nothing like it before, I have seen nothing like it since.

10 One consequence of publishing these private and unpolished documents together is that there are repetitions or reduplications of several sayings or incidents. If the book is read straight through, Jean’s theological perplexity about the ducks will be encountered three times; Rosina Hay will be identified on five separate occasions as a “German nurse”; and so forth. It has been thought better to accept these repetitions than to alter the texts; repetition is the very life of anecdote. Brief explanations of some of the less readily grasped allusions will be found in About the Texts at the back of this volume, which also describes the manuscripts and their treatment by the editor.

He was the lion—also the tiger; but preferably tiger, because as lion his roaring was over-robust, and embarrassed the hunt by scaring Susy. The elephant is left, and one of the hunters; but the other is at rest, and the tiger; and the hunting days are over. The Clemenses’ Hartford house, 351 Farmington Avenue; today the Mark Twain House and Museum. In the early days Patrick McAleer, the coachman, was with us—and had been with us from our wedding day, February 2, 1870. He was with us twenty-two years, marrying soon after he came to us, and rearing eight children while in our service, and educating them well.

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