Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
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Napoleon Sarony to
Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41976)
Sarony37 union square, elevator from the street.
new york 188
My Dear Clements
Will you send me your autograph by so doing you will oblige one of your admirers
Full size in new window S. L. Clements | Hartford | Conn— | (Mark Twain) [return address:] sarony | 37 union square, new york. | elevator from the street. [postmarked:] new york mar 31 5 pm d [tornaway] [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] Mention [rule]
▮ Copy-text: MS, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Napoleon Sarony (1821–1896)
Canadian-born Napoleon Sarony, celebrity photographer, lithographer and sketch artist, was trained as a lithographer in his father's business. In 1833 he moved to New York City, where he worked for Robertson & Co. lithographers. After the death of his wife he traveled to Europe to study fine arts, but financial straits led him to photography, which he learned in his brother's Birmingham studio. He returned to New York in 1865 to set up a studio. In the fall of 1884 Clemens and George Washington Cable visited Sarony for tour photographs. Sarony belonged to the Lotos Club and was a founding member of the Salmagundi Club.