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Mark Twain's Letters - Volume 3

Mark Twain

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. . .I've piled up 151 MS pages on my comedy. The first, second and fourth acts are done, and done to my satisfaction, too. Tomorrow and next day will finish the 3rd act and the play. I have not written less than 30 pages any day since I began. Never had so much fun over anything in my life-never such consuming interest and delight. (But Lord bless you the second reading will fetch it!) And just think!—I had Sol Smith Russell in my mind's eye for the old detective's part, and hang it he has gone off pottering with Oliver Optic, or else the papers lie.

I read everything about the President's doings there with exultation.

I wish that old ass of a private secretary hadn't taken me for George Francis Train. If ignorance were a means of grace I wouldn't trade that gorilla's chances for the Archbishop of Canterbury's.

I shall call on the President again, by and by. I sh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Like all life's, Twain's was a rich evolution of character and concerns as reflected in this collection of his personal correspondence. Throughout, he maintains a wonderful sense of humour and phrasing that is compelling to his readers. His younger letters are playful whereas his older ones show a m

A fantastic, exhaustive collection of Twain's letters. It is, though, probably more than your average person would appreciate reading. So, even though there's really good letters in here, reading the whole thing is probably only for serious Twain-heads.

Not bad but a great bulk of the letters involve money matters and that sort puts me in snooze mode.

Wonderful insight into an interesting life.

4 1/4 stars