Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884
Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge
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Charles Dudley Warner to Samuel L. Clemens
1 April 1884 • Hartford, Conn.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41997)
Hartford, April 1 1884
My Dear Mark,
I suppose you are bothered to death for your autograph, but I cannot resist the pleading of a little girl who wants it ever so much. She has been reading Prince and Pauper, in fact I may say she is reading it and nothing else, night and day and over and over again, and I sympathise with her I confess in finding it always charming, and more clever than she knows.
Chas. Dudley Warner
▮ Copy-text: MS, Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).
Charles Dudley Warner (1829–1900)
Essayist and novelist Charles Dudley Warner was one of Clemens's neighbors at Nook Farm in Hartford, and coauthor of The Gilded Age (1873). In the 1860s he was an editor of the Hartford Press, and then of the Hartford Courant, when the two papers merged. He joined the staff of Harper's Magazine in 1884 and was responsible for "The Editor's Drawer" feature until 1892, when he took on "The Editor's Study."
Joseph H. Twichell (1838–1918)
Pastor of the Asylum Hill Congregational Church in Hartford, Joseph Hopkins Twichell was one of Clemens's closest friends and advisors for some forty years. Twichell was often Clemens's traveling companion, joining him in Bermuda in 1877 (and again in 1907), and in Germany in 1878, while Clemens was working in fits and starts on A Tramp Abroad.