Lot 528: ALS signed "Mark," two pages, 5.5 x 9, August 7, 1886. Letter to noted writer and editor William Dean Howells. In part: "'G. Grist' is George Iles. It is a good squib, but I don't know whether it is suitable or not. You will know. I suppose you pigeon-hole a thing sometimes against the final day of publication—a day most unlikely to arrive in our lifetime, I do assure you. Come to think, I am in an odd position for a valuable author. If I should write a book, I couldn't publish it in under ten years, if ever. It wouldn't do to go outside of my own shop—people would say I didn't believe in my own shop. I had a hand-shake with Mrs. Howells…If I had met them an hour earlier I would have gone to Boston for a day. So it was lucky: you'd have lost a day." Show-through from mounting strips and toned adhesive to reverse, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by a custom-made presentation folder and slipcase. This letter seems to refer to the publication of the book Mark Twain's Library of Humor, an anthology of humorous stories by a wide selection of American authors. Although the project had begun in 1880, the book was not published until 1888. In reality, Clemens did very little work besides lending his name to the title, and Howells served as the anonymous editor.
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