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Samuel L. Clemens

Mark Twain


Bold dual signature by the famous American humorist

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, 1835-1910.  American author and humorist.  Autographed sentiment boldly signed, with a dual signature, Yr Truly / S. L. Clemens / Mark Twain / June 1880.

The New York Times declared that Twain was the "greatest American humorist of his age."  William Faulkner called him the "father of American literature."  His most famous writings are classics still read today:  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Life on the Mississippi, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.  Indeed, Huckleberry Finn has been called "the Great American novel."  Twain's numerous other works include both novels, such as The Gilded Age, and travel works such as The Innocents Abroad and A Tramp Abroad.

A native Missourian, Twain grew up in Hannibal, a Mississippi River town in northeast Missouri that formed the backdrop for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn.  Twain said that he took his pen name from the riverboatmen's call when the boat reached safe water depth—two fathoms, 12 feet, or "mark twain."

This page has been removed from a period autograph album.  Twain has signed with a beautiful dual signature, signing his renowned pen name beneath his given name in purple fountain pen.  He has added a paraph and the date June 1880.  Nothing is on the back side of the page.  The page has a couple of small spots and some marginal soiling, not obtrusive.  Overall it is in fine to very fine condition.

This piece would be beautiful framed with a portrait of Twain.




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