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By Harold Bush,Steve Courtney,Peter Messent

This ebook comprises the total texts of all identified correspondence among Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) and Joseph Hopkins Twichell. Theirs used to be a wealthy trade. The lengthy, deep friendship of Clemens and Twichell—a Congregationalist minister of Hartford, Connecticut—rarely fails to shock, given the final attractiveness Twain has of being antireligious. past this, an exam of the expansion, improvement, and shared pursuits characterizing that comradeship makes it obtrusive that as in so much issues approximately him, Mark Twain defies such effortless categorization or judgment.

From the instant in their first come across in 1868, a rapport was once tested. whilst Twain went to dinner on the Twichell domestic, he wrote to his destiny spouse that he had “got as much as pass at 9.30 PM, & by no means sat down again—but [Twichell] stated he used to be absolute to have his speak out—& i used to be willing—& so I merely left at 11.” This dialog persisted, in a variety of types, for forty-two years—in either men’s homes, on Hartford streets, on Bermuda roads, and on Alpine trails.

The discussion among those men—one an inimitable American literary determine, the opposite a guy of deep conception who himself possessed either narrative ability and wit—has been a lot mentioned by means of Twain biographers. however it hasn't ever been provided during this manner ahead of: as a checklist in their surviving correspondence; of some of the turns in their decades-long exchanges; of what Twichell defined in his journals because the “long complete banquet of speak” along with his pal, whom he could continuously name “Mark.”

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