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The Mysterious Stranger 1908-1910
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Going Out on a Good Note
 
 

“I was sorry to have my name mentioned as one of the great authors, because they have a sad habit of dying off. Chaucer is dead, Spencer is dead, so is Milton, so is Shakespeare, and I’m not feeling so well myself.”—Mark Twain, “Statistics” speech, 1899

Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford
Courtesy of The Mark Twain House, Hartford
 
 
Let us swear while we may, for in heaven it will not be allowed. Mark Twain, Letters and Journals, 1889.  
In Bed Reading
In Bed Reading
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“Upon Arrival in Heaven”

Headline, April, 1910
Headline, April, 1910
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Funeral Services, New York City, 1910
Funeral Services, New York City, 1910
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“I came in with Halley’s comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don’t go out with Halley’s comet. The Almighty said, no doubt: ‘Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.’”—Mark Twain, quoted in Mark Twain: A Biography by Albert Bigelow Paine, 1910

 
 
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