Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
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Clara Louise Kellogg to
Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41958)
Tuesday Mar. 31st
Dear Mr Clemens,
I have been fortunate enough in my career to gather together a large number of valuable autographs; My collection will be
incomplete without your distinguished name and I therefore beg you to make an exception in my favor, knowing as I do how averse
you are to giving of autograph. View Page
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Believe me Sincerely & faithfully
Clara Louise KelloggThe Clarendon
▮ Copy-text: MS, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Clara Louise Kellogg (1842–1916)
Soprano and musical actress Clara Louise Kellogg was considered the first American prima donna. She made her professional debut as Gilda in Rigoletto in February 1861 at the New York Academy of Music. Over the next two decades she sang in over forty roles in several languages. By the mid-1880s she was reduced to sporadic concert engagements, and retired shortly after marrying her manager, Carl Strakosch, in 1887. She died in New Hartford, Conn. She was a close friend of the Gilder family and a frequent participant in the Gilder Friday “At Home” gatherings.