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

ISBN-10: 0520280733

ISBN-13: 9780520280731

ISBN-10: 0520959639

ISBN-13: 9780520959637

This booklet publishes, for the 1st time in complete, the 2 such a lot revealing of Mark Twain’s inner most writings. right here he turns his brain to the lifestyle he shared together with his spouse Livy, their 3 daughters, a good many servants, and a majestic array of pets. those first-hand debts show this proficient and loving kin within the interval of its flourishing.

Mark Twain started to write “A family members cartoon” in line with the early loss of life of his eldest daughter, Susy, however the manuscript grew lower than his fingers to develop into an exuberant account of the whole loved ones. His checklist of the young children’ sayings—“Small Foolishnesses”—is subsequent, by way of the similar manuscript “At the Farm.” additionally integrated are choices from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative version of Susy’s biography of her father, written whilst she used to be undefined. Newly edited from the unique manuscripts, this anthology is a special list of a desirable family.

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Charles E. Perkins, Mr. Sam. Dunham, and Mr. Whitmore. As a rule, one or two of the team brought their wives, who spent the evening with Mrs. Clemens in the library. These ladies were sure to arrive in that room without their husbands: because they and the rest of the gentlemen were in George’s clutches in the front hall, getting milked of political information. Mrs. Clemens was never able to break up this scandalous business, for the men liked George, they admired him, too, so they abetted him in his misconduct and were quite willing to help him the best they could.

He was one of the three, I am not the other two—nor either of them. They are John the gardener and his wife—Irish; they were in our service about twenty years. Patrick, from the earliest days, thirty-six years ago, when he was perhaps twenty-five, carried on his work systematically, competently, and without orders. He kept his horses and carriages and cows in good condition; he kept the bins and the hayloft full; if a horse or a cow was unsatisfactory he made a change; he filled the cellars with coal and wood in the summer while we were away; as soon as a snow-storm was ended he was out with his snow-plow; if a thing needed mending he attended to it at once.

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. The Biographical Directory identifies persons, focusing on their relation to the Clemens family; it includes somewhat fuller entries on the Clemens family themselves. The Mark Twain Project hopes that this publication will be welcome to that elusive person to whom our author is so much indebted—the general reader; and that easy access to sound texts of these manuscripts will be useful to Mark Twain specialists, literary researchers, and historians of the family.

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