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His dual signature as Clemens and Twain, on his original handwritten letter thanking poet Edward Lummis, who had written to praise Twain's books. Accompanied by a copy of Lummis' poem addressed to Twain, and by a Typed Letter Signed from Mark Twain scholar Robert Hirst, discussing both letters
Autograph Letter Signed: "S.L. Clemens/Mark Twain", 1 page, 5½x8¾. Hartford, 1886 May 17. To Mr. Edward W. Lummis. In full: "If I too were a poet, I would acknowledge your pleasant compliments in verse; but I am not, & so am forced to say my thanks in the ruder form of prose -- which is like answering the gracious salutation of a bugle with a fog-horn." Creased, shaded, folds, lightly soiled. All touches writing and signature. Accompanied by Typed Letter Signed: "Robert H. Hirst" as General Editor, Mark Twain Project, 1p, 8½x11. University of California, Berkeley, 1983 September 28. In part: "Lummis had written to Mark Twain from Worcester College, Oxford University, England, on 6 May 1886. His communication took the form of a three-page poem in which he told how he had been counseled to relieve his 'parched heart' and 'weary brain' by trying Mark Twain and then found ease for a variety of problems in the pages of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and others of his books. Lummis therefore proclaimed Mark Twain a sort of universal panacea and concluded with an amusing request for a free copy of his next book or, at least, an autograph. (Since synopsis cannot do justice to Lummis's tongue-in-cheek verses, I enclose a copy of the original, including Lummis's' (sic) calling card, from the archives of the Mark Twain Papers.) Although appreciative of Mark Twain's writings and possessing a flair for humor himself, Lummis later produced works of a very different character, writing several books on religious subjects...Sometimes impatient with autograph hunters, Mark Twain nevertheless had a sincere fondness for younger readers and took special pains to reply to them, particularly to those from foreign shores. Staple holes at upper left corner, ink note (unknown hand) at upper right margin. Fine condition. With photocopy of the letter, envelope and calling card from Lummis. Five items.

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Born: November 30, 1835 in Florida, Missouri
Died: April 21, 1910 in Redding, Connecticut

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Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color (Writer), The United States Steel Hour (Writer), The DuPont Show of the Month (Writer), Shirley Temple's Storybook (Writer), Novela (Writer), American Playhouse (Writer), ABC Weekend Specials (Writer), 2014 Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn (Writer), 2014 Mark Twain's the Captain's Story (Writer), 2013 Sunday at the Reissmans' (Writer), 2013 Mark Twain's Bad Boy Without Grief (Writer), 2012 Zephyr (Writer), 2012 Tom und Hacke (Writer), 2012 Die Abenteuer des Huck Finn (Writer), 2011 Tom Sawyer (Writer), 2010 The Autobiography of Mark Twain (Writer), 2008 The American Future: A History (Other), 2007 The War Prayer (Writer), 2005 Jump (Writer), 2004 Barbie as the Princess and the Pauper (Writer), 2002 Roughing It (Writer), 2001 Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer (Writer), 2001 Mark Twain (Other), 2000 Tom Sawyer (Writer), 2000 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 2000 The Million Dollar Kid (Writer), 1999 The Prince and the Surfer (Writer), 1999 Arthur's Quest (Writer), 1998 Ava's Magical Adventure (Writer), 1998 A Knight in Camelot (Writer), 1996 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1996 Biography (Other), 1996 Adventures from the Book of Virtues (Writer), 1995 Tom and Huck (Writer), 1995 Modern Marvels (Other), 1995 Charlie's Ghost Story (Writer), 1994 Huck and the King of Hearts (Writer), 1994 A Million to Juan (Writer), 1993 The Adventures of Huck Finn (Writer), 1991 An American Summer (Writer), 1990 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1990 Radostny zivot posmrtny (Writer), 1989 Khronika Satany mladshego (Writer), 1989 Filip Traum (Writer), 1989 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Writer), 1988 The Chase on Tom Sawyer's Island (Writer), 1988 Novye priklyucheniya yanki pri dvore korolya Artura (Writer), 1988 Jake's Journey (Writer), 1986 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Writer), 1985 The Adventures of Mark Twain (Writer), 1984 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Writer), 1983 Sawyer and Finn (Writer), 1982 The Mysterious Stranger (Writer), 1982 Rascals and Robbers: The Secret Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huck (Writer), 1981 The Private History of a Campaign That Failed (Writer), 1981 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Writer), 1981 Priklyucheniya Toma Soyera i Geklberri Finna (Writer), 1980-1983 Great Performances (Writer), 1980 The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg (Writer), 1980 Huckleberry Finn and His Friends (Writer), 1979 Unidentified Flying Oddball (Writer), 1978 Once Upon a Classic (Writer), 1978 Bugs Bunny in King Arthur's Court (Writer), 1977 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1976 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1976 Salaperäinen vieras (Writer), 1976 Gentlemen, Boys (Writer), 1976 Elävä vai kuollut (Writer), 1975 Huckleberry Finn (Writer), 1974 Huckleberry Finn (Writer), 1973 Tom Sawyer (Writer), 1973 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Writer), 1973 Festival of Family Classics (Writer), 1972 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1972 Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny (Other), 1972 Prints i nishchiy (Writer), 1971 The Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1970 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (Writer), 1969 The Adventures of the Prince and the Pauper (Writer), 1969 Aventuras de Juliancito (Writer), 1968 Moartea lui Joe Indianul (Writer), 1967 They Are Not Oranges, They Are Horses (Writer), 1967 Mark Twain Tonight! 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