SAMUEL L. "MARK TWAIN" CLEMENS - COLLECTION WITH CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER - HFSID 269003
Sale Price $5,100.00
TWO RARE ORIGINAL AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT PAGES FROM THE GILDED AGE, ONE IN THE HAND OF MARK TWAIN, THE OTHER IN THE HAND OF HIS COLLABORATOR, CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER (WITH A SUGGESTION BY MARK TWAIN)
THE GILDED AGE: SAMUEL L. CLEMENS and CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER. Comprises: (1) SAMUEL L. CLEMENS (MARK TWAIN). Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, 1p, 5x8. From Part 2, Chapter XI of The Gilded Age.Clemens has penned: "396" at upper margin (it has been crossed out and renumbered "307" by Warner). Clemens writes, in full: "he saw the pathetic sorrow in their faces when they asked for more & there was no more to give them, he hated himself for his stupidity and pitied the hunger famishing young things with all his heart. The other matter that disturbed him was the dire inflation that had begun in his stomach. It grew & grew, it became more & more supportable. Evidently the apples turnips were swelling fermenting. He forced himself to sit still as long as he could, but the distress steadily augmented till his anguish conquered him at last." From the actual published text of The Gilded Age: "One was, that he discovered, to his confusion and shame, that in allowing himself to be helped a second time to the turnips, he had robbed those hungry children. He had not needed the dreadful 'fruit,' and had not wanted it; and when he saw the pathetic sorrow in their faces when they asked for more and there was no more to give them, he hated himself for his stupidity and pitied the famishing young things with all his heart. The other matter that disturbed him was the dire inflation that had begun in his stomach. It grew and grew, it became more and more insupportable. Evidently the turnips were 'fermenting.' He forced himself to sit still as long as he could, but his anguish conquered him at last." Lightly creased. Slightly soiled. Irregular left edge. Fine condition. (2) CHARLES DUDLEY WARNER. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, 1p, 5x8. From Part 4, Chapter XXXV of The Gilded Age. Warner had first numbered it "10" then crossed it out and renumbered the page "826". Warner writes, in full: "'It's a funny world. Goodbye, Uncle. I'm going to see that chairman.' And humming cheery opera air. she departed to her room to dress for going out. Before she did that, however, she took out her notebook and was nose deep in its contents, marking, dashing, erasing, figuring, and talking to herself. Familiarities! Familiarities! Fine! I wonder but Dillworthy does think of me anyway. One.....two.....eight.....seventeen.....twenty-one, .....'m..'m.....it takes a heap for a majority. Wouldn't Dillworthy open his eyes if he knew some of the things Balloon did say to me. There.....Hopperson's influence ought to count twenty.....the sanctimonious old curmudgeon. Son-in law.... sinecure in the negro institution....Just about gauges him...The three committeemen.... sons-in law. Nothing like a". Mark Twain has penned along the blank left edge: "(Use 2nd & 3rd leaders instead of dashes)". Leaders are dots or dashes in a row leading the eye across a page. From the actual published text of The Gilded Age: "'It's a funny world. Good-bye, uncle. I'm going to see that chairman.' And humming a cheery opera air, she departed to her room to dress for going out. Before she did that, however, she took out her note book and was soon deep in its contents; marking, dashing, erasing, figuring, and talking to herself. 'Free! I wonder what Dilworthy does think of me anyway? One . . . two. . .eight . . . seventeen . . . twenty-one,...'m 'm . . . it takes a heap for a majority. Wouldn't Dilworthy open his eyes if he knew some of the things Balloon did say to me. There. . . . Hopperson's influence ought to count twenty . . . the sanctimonious old curmudgeon. Son-in-law. . . . sinecure in the negro institution . . . .Just about gauges him . . . The three committeemen . . . . sons-in-law. Nothing like a son-in-law here in Washington or a brother-in-law . . . And everybody has 'em . . .Let's see: . . . sixty-one. . . . with places . . . twenty-five . . . persuaded-it is getting on; . . . . we'll have two-thirds of Congress in time . . . Dilworthy must surely know I understand him. Uncle Dilworthy . . . . Uncle Balloon!-Tells very amusing stories . . . when ladies are not present . . . I should think so . . . . 'm . . . 'm. Eighty-five. There. I must find that chairman. Queer. . . . Buckstone acts . . Seemed to be in love . . . . . I was sure of it. He promised to come here. . . and he hasn't. . . Strange. Very strange . . . . I must chance to meet him to-day." Lightly creased. Slightly soiled, rust paper clip stain at upper margin touches 2 lines of writing. Irregular left edge. Overall, fine condition. The Gilded Age, published in 1873, was written by Mark Twain in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner. The story is a satire of Gilded Age ways with particular attention to the political corruption of the Grant administration. It is very easy to recognize the Washington of the 1870s in Mark Twain's first extended work of fiction which established him in the literary world as an author rather than journalist. The central figure, Senator Dillworthy, was modeled upon Senator S.C. Pomeroy of Kansas, who had lost reelection in 1872 when it was revealed that he had attempted to bribe the Kansas legislature which, at the time, elected U.S. Senators. Original Mark Twain manuscripts are mostly found in libraries and private collections and rarely appear on the market. This is an especially attractive exampled coupled with an original Charles Dudley Warner manuscript of the same novel. Two items.
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