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Mark Twains Letters, Vol. 4: 1870-1871 (The Mark Twain Papers)
Mark Twains Letters, Vol. 4: 1870-1871 (The Mark Twain Papers) by Mark Twain 0520203607 9780520203600
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Mark Twains Letters, Vol. 4: 1870-1871 (The Mark Twain Papers) by Mark Twain

You ought to see Livy & me, now-a-days--you never saw such a serenely satisfied couple of doves in all your life. I spent Jan 1, 2, 3 & 5 there, & left at 8 last night. With my vile temper & variable moods, it seems an incomprehensible miracle that we two have been right together in the same house half the time for a year & a half, & yet have never had a cross word, or a lovers tiff, or a pouting spell, or a misunderstanding, or the faintest shadow of a jealous suspicion. Now isnt that absolutely wonderful? Could I have had such an experience with any other girl on earth? I am perfectly certain I could not. . . . We are to be married on Feb. 2d. So beginsVolume 4of the letters, with Samuel Clemens anticipating his wedding to Olivia L. Langdon. The 338 letters in this volume document the first two years of a loving marriage that would last more than thirty years. They recount, in Clemenss own inimitable voice, a tumultuous time: a growing international fame, the birth of a sickly first child, and the near-fatal illness of his wife. At the beginning of 1870, fresh from the success ofThe Innocents Abroad, Clemens is on the long agony of a lecture tour and planning to settle in Buffalo as editor of theExpress. By the end of 1871, he has moved to Hartford and is again on tour, anticipating the publication ofRoughing Itand the birth of his second child. The intervening letters show Clemens bursting with literary ideas, business schemes, and inventions, and they show him erupting with frustration, anger, and grief, but more often with dazzling humor and surprising self-revelation. In addition toRoughing It, Clemens wrote some enduringly popular short pieces during this period, but he saved some of his best writing for private letters, many of which are published here for the first time.

Author: Mark Twain

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 828

Publisher: University of California Press

Publication Date: 1995-12-27

Our Price: $27.62

ISBN: 0520203607

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