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Mark Twain
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The Belle of New York 1901-1908
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Others Talking About Twain

“Here is another compliment by Albert Bigelow Paine, my biographer. He is writing four octavo volumes about me, and he has been at my elbow two and one-half years.

I just suppose that he does not know me, but says he knows me. He says, ‘Mark Twain is not merely a great writer, a great philosopher, a great man; he is the supreme expression of the human being, with his strength and his weakness.’ What a talent for compression! It takes a genius in compression to compact as many facts as that.”—Mark Twain, “Compliments and Degrees” speech, 1908

Sitting for a sculptor
Twain in his Oxford Robes
Courtesy The Mark Twain Project,
Bancroft Library, Berkeley
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Hal Holbrook, “The Sage of the Country”

In Oxford Robe, 1907
In Oxford Robe, 1907
Courtesy of Brown Brothers

“My dear, dear Mark Twain. May a little girl write and tell you how dearly she loves and admires your writings? Well, I do and I want to tell you yourself. Don't think me too impertinent for indeed I don’t mean to be that! I have read everything of yours that I could get and parts that touch me I have read over and over again. They seem such dear friends to me, so like real live human beings talking and laughing, working and suffering too...I wonder if will laugh when I tell I have made a hero of you...”—Margaret M—-, Letter to Mark Twain, 1903

The average American loves his family. If he has any love left over for some other person, he generally selects Mark Twain. Thomas Alva Edison. Mark Twain, speech: Compliments and Degrees, 1908