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150-Year-Old Mark Twain Stories Uncovered

The Guardian reports today that scholars at the University of California-Berkeley have uncovered and authenticated a cache of 150-year-old Mark Twain stories.

According to The Guardian:

Twain wrote some of the letters and stories at the San Francisco Chronicle when it was called the San Francisco Dramatic Chronicle, where his job included writing a 2,000-word dispatch every day and sending it off by stagecoach for publication in the Territorial Enterprise newspaper in Virginia City, Nevada.

His topics range from San Francisco police – who at one point attempted, unsuccessfully, to sue Twain for comparing their chief to a dog chasing its tail to impress its mistress – to mining accidents.

Twain wrote the stories when he was around 30 years old, making them first published in the mid-1860s.

What if you had to send your 2,000 word articles out via stagecoach? Can you imagine? Makes you appreciate modern technology, like broadband internet.

Bob Hirst, the editor at UC-Berkeley’s Mark Twain project, says Twain wrote the stories during a turning point in his career. “It’s really a crisis time for him,” Hirst said. “He’s going to be 30 on 30 November 1865, and for someone not to have chosen a career by that time in this period was quite unusual.”

Twain was drinking heavily during this period and even threatened suicide in a letter to his brother. Thankfully, his writing eventually took off and the rest, as they say, is history.

The only question for me is…when can we read these stories?

Read more at The Guardian. 

Image: Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Reblogged this on Masterstage.

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  2. Reblogged this on oshriradhekrishnabole.

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  3. absolut cool 🙂

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    May 5, 2015
  4. Now if we could only answer the question: Did drinking drive Mark Twain to write or did writing drive him to drink? Editors have been known to drive writers to drink. Happened to Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Scott Fitzgerald, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Margaret Mitchell.

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  5. If MT wrote it, I’d like to read it. Even personal letters can be written like masterpieces.

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  6. Reblogged this on Fonte da arte.

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  7. Reblogged this on themonkseal.

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  8. Fascinating!

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    May 5, 2015
  9. Reblogged this on My personal bread.

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    May 6, 2015
  10. 🙂

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    May 7, 2015

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