Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
Daniel Frohman to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41870)
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madison square theatre
mr. m. h. mallory, . . . proprietor
daniel frohman, . . . manager
new york, March 31 1884
My dear Mr. Clemens—
I have seldom encroached upon your good nature. I have never asked you even to write me a play, much as I should like to see you come to the front in that respect.
But I do ask you to consider whether you can submit me your autograph. We will dramatize it and adapt it to the stage
Mr. Saml. Clemens.
Full size in new window Mr. Saml. Clemens | Forest st | Hartford | Conn. [return address:] madison square theatre | new york | mr. m. h. mallory, . . . proprietor. [postmarked:] new yo[rk] mar 3 5 pm 84 [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Danl. Frohman | average
▮ Copy-text: The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Daniel Frohman (1851–1940)
Charles Frohman's older brother, Daniel, started his career as an office boy for the New York Tribune, and then spent five years as a journalist before managing touring companies for New York City theaters. In 1880 he organized the Lyceum Theater, which made him famous (and many other actors, such as E. H. Sothern, Henry Miller, and May Robson). He was also a member of the Players Club, where Clemens would also appear. In 1911 Frohman published his Memoirs of a Manager. He also played a role in the early film industry with the Famous Players Film Company.