A family sketch and other private writings by Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy;

By Clemens, Olivia L.; Clemens, Olivia Langdon; Clemens, Susy; Griffin, Benjamin; Twain, Mark

This publication publishes, for the 1st time in complete, the 2 such a lot revealing of Mark Twain’s inner most writings. right here he turns his brain to the lifestyle he shared together with his spouse Livy, their 3 daughters, an excellent many servants, and a majestic array of pets. those first-hand money owed show this proficient and loving relations within the interval of its flourishing.

Mark Twain started to write “A relatives caricature” according to the early demise of his eldest daughter, Susy, however the manuscript grew below his palms to develop into an exuberant account of the total family. His list of the youngsters’ sayings—“Small Foolishnesses”—is subsequent, via the similar manuscript “At the Farm.” additionally incorporated are choices from Livy’s 1885 diary and an authoritative variation of Susy’s biography of her father, written whilst she used to be undefined. Newly edited from the unique manuscripts, this anthology is a distinct checklist of a desirable family.

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Clara Langdon Clemens was born June 8th, 1874, and this circumstance set a new influence at work upon Susy’s development. e. brothers and sisters and servants. Susy was a blonde, Clara a brunette, and they were born with characters to match. As time wore along, the ideals of each modified the ideals and affected the character of the other; not in a large degree of course, but by shades. Both children had good heads, but not equipped in the same way; Susy, when her spirit was at rest, was reflective, dreamy, spiritual, Clara was at all times alert, enterprising, business-like, earthy, orderly, practical.

Authors, American—19th century—Biography. I. Clemens, Olivia Langdon, 1845–1904. II. Clemens, Susy, 1872–1896. III. Griffin, Benjamin, 1968– editor. IV. Title. 48–1992 (R 2002) (Permanence of Paper). CONTENTS Introduction A Family Sketch BY MARK TWAIN A True Story, Repeated Word for Word as I Heard It BY MARK TWAIN A Record of the Small Foolishnesses of Susie and “Bay” Clemens (Infants) BY MARK TWAIN At the Farm BY MARK TWAIN Quarry Farm Diary BY LIVY CLEMENS Mark Twain BY SUSY CLEMENS About the Texts About the Illustrations Biographical Directory Works Cited Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION This book publishes in full, for the first time, the two most revealing of Mark Twain’s private writings about his family life, neither of them actually written for publication.

As a rule, one or two of the team brought their wives, who spent the evening with Mrs. Clemens in the library. These ladies were sure to arrive in that room without their husbands: because they and the rest of the gentlemen were in George’s clutches in the front hall, getting milked of political information. Mrs. Clemens was never able to break up this scandalous business, for the men liked George, they admired him, too, so they abetted him in his misconduct and were quite willing to help him the best they could.

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