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

This booklet publishes, for the 1st time in complete, the 2 such a lot revealing of Mark Twain’s deepest writings. right here he turns his brain to the everyday life he shared along with his spouse Livy, their 3 daughters, an excellent many servants, and a majestic array of pets. those first-hand debts demonstrate this talented and loving kin within the interval of its flourishing.

Mark Twain started to write “A family members comic strip” in keeping with the early dying of his eldest daughter, Susy, however the manuscript grew below his fingers to turn into an exuberant account of the full loved ones. His checklist of the little ones’ sayings—“Small Foolishnesses”—is subsequent, by way of the comparable manuscript “At the Farm.” additionally incorporated are choices from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative variation of Susy’s biography of her father, written while she used to be undefined. Newly edited from the unique manuscripts, this anthology is a distinct list of a desirable family.
 

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I cannot bring myself to change any line or word in Susy’s sketch of me,” Mark Twain wrote. “The spelling is frequently desperate, but it was Susy’s, and it shall stand. . ”8 Actually, he did modify many of Susy’s misspellings, and inserted clarifications of fact. A different approach was taken by Charles Neider in his 1985 edition. Neider intended to give Susy’s orthography as she left it; his transcription, however, was careless, and he included Mark Twain’s comments and diversions, as printed in his Autobiography.

6. This quotation, and the block quotation which follows it, are from the Susy Memorial Manuscripts, Box 31a, no. 4a (Mark Twain Papers). The quotation beginning “the dearest compliment . ” is from “Small Foolishnesses”; see page 93. 7. Clemens spoke to his secretary Isabel Lyon of doing this even after he had quoted much of Susy’s book in his Autobiography. She wrote: Then after dinner when I had played the Lohengrin Wedding March 3 times while he lay curled up in a corner of the couch with his black cape wrapped about him, we talked a little about music, & then he talked about what he wants done with the parts of Susy’s biography of him as it appears in the Autobiography.

Passing the St. Nicholas editorial room Mr. ” I made George come in, too. The thing to be shown was a design for a new cover for St. Nicholas. Mr. ” I examined it a while, then handed it without comment to George, introduced him, and asked for his opinion. With diffidence, but honestly, he gave it; I endorsed it, and returned the design to Clarke. Conversation not fluent. Mr. Carey of the general business department appeared, and proposed refreshments. Down in Union Square George dropped behind, but I brought him forward, introduced him to Carey, and placed him between us.

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