Unpublished Mark Twain Collection Goes Public

Today is the death Centennial of Mark Twain (Samuel Longhorne Clemens in real life) and Sotheby will put to auction his collection titled ‘A Family Sketch’ which is a tribute to his daughter Olivia.

‘The collection, which belonged to late media exec James Copley, is expected to fetch roughly $1 million. Among the hundreds of letters and manuscripts is a letter Twain wrote to his future father-in-law defending his character. “As to what I am going to be, henceforth, it is a thing which must be proven & established,” he wrote. “I am upon the right path—I shall succeed, I hope. Men as lost as I, have found a Savior, & why not I?”AP


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3 Responses to Unpublished Mark Twain Collection Goes Public

  1. writerdood says:

    The worlds greatest curmudgeon.
    I don’t think Twain’s writing style will ever get “old.”
    It just gets weirder.

  2. pochp says:

    That’s what happens to most great classic writers as I recall.
    Really amazing that even the doodles of writing giants are worth a fortune.

  3. Gryphon says:

    I read this article in the NYTimes. It seems that in the early days his collection was placed in the circulating stacks and a great many of the works were checked out. The works held many commentaries and criticisms in Twain’s own hand in the margins of the books making them truly valuable. When it was decided to take them out of circulation it was a regular scavenger hunt to find the ones that had belonged to him among the library’s general stacks.

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