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Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884

Edited by Leslie Myrick and Christopher Ohge

Charles Frohman to Samuel L. Clemens
31 March 1884 • New York, N.Y.
(MS: CU-MARK, UCLC 41869)

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office of

chas. frohman.

March 31/84

Dear Sir

Kindly send me your autograph and oblige

Yours Truly

Charles Frohman

To Saml Clemens


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Mr Saml. Clemens | Hartford | Conn. [return address:] office of | chas. frohman. [postmarked:] new-yo[rk] mar 31 5 pm 84 [docketed by SLC, in pencil:] not good | mention

Textual Commentary

Copy-text:The Mark Twain Papers, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley (CU-MARK).

Persons Mentioned

Charles Frohman  (1860–1915)

Charles Frohman was a theater manager and producer, notably of the touring Wallack Theatre Company and the Lyceum. In 1900 he met with Clemens to discuss producing The End of the Earth, a play he cowrote with Sydney Rosenfeld. Rosenfeld wrote to the New York Dramatic Mirror on 22 April 1898 that he had concluded an agreement with Mark Twain to collaborate on a play, a rough draft of which he had received. On 22 October 1900 the two men met with Frohman, but nothing came of the meeting. In August 1902 Rosenfeld announced to the press that he would produce the play under contract with Leander Sire, possibly as the maiden play for a projected (but never constructed) new theater. It seems never to have made it to the stage. Frohman was among the passengers who died when the Germans sank the RMS Lusitania.