SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/18 - HFSID 285810
Sale Price $5,525.00
SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN)
Signed 4½x7 autograph letter from a London hotel, writing that he hopes to lecture in Britain "if other & more necessary business shall permit."
ALS: "Saml. L. Clemens", 1 page, 4½x7. Langham Hotel,/Portland Place, London. W, no year, October 18. To unknown recipient. Begins: "Sir". In full: "I think it will be 2 or 3 weeks before I shall really know whether I can lecture in Great Britain or not. So I am obliged to be thus indefinite in my reply. I certainly shall lecture about 8 or 10 times in this country if other & more necessary business shall permit." From the University of California Press review of Volume 5 of Mark Twain's Letters prepared by the Mark Twain Project at the University of California, Berkeley. "After beginning work on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, he [Clemens] set it aside to collaborate, almost as a lark, on a novel with Charles Dudley Warner. After a few months of intense labor in the winter of 1872-1873, they produced The Gilded Age, which gave a lasting name to the era it satirized. The novel was hardly completed before Clemens set sail again for England, his second of three trips there during this two-year period, with his wife, child, nursemaid, and private secretary. On his first trip, in 1872, he had been amazed to find himself hailed everywhere as a literary lion. During his second trip, in 1873, his fame and popularity continued to grow. As his letters document in unmatched detail, he engaged in a dizzying round of sightseeing, speech-making, and socializing with literary and political lights, capping his visit with a triumphant London lecture debut." London literary critic, the Reverend H. R. Haweis, wrote about one of Clemens' lectures: "Twain suddenly made his bow, and went off. It was over. I looked at my watch. I was never more taken aback. I had been sitting there exactly an hour and twenty minutes. It seemed ten minutes, at the outside. If you have ever tried to address a public meeting, you will know what this means. It means that Mark Twain is a consummate public speaker." Lightly creased with folds, not at signature. 2 pinhead-sized stains at blank areas. Irregular left edge. Fine condition.
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