Lot 624: ANS signed "S. L. Clemens," one page, 5.5 x 9, Hardin County Bank letterhead, April 23, 1897. Clemens pens a short note at the conclusion of a letter sent to him, "Yes, it seems to be all true." The initial inquiry, in part: "I would very much like to keep the clipping if it is true. Will you please read and return? I simply address this letter 'Mark Twain,' London Eng. and as you are well known I know that you will receive it." The newspaper article referenced is enclosed, entitled 'His First Pen Name Was 'Josh'—not a Good Itemizer,' which states that Clemens first wrote under the pseudonym 'Josh' for the Territorial Enterprise newspaper. A block of toning to the left side of the letter, otherwise fine condition. Clemens wrote for the Territorial Enterprise, the leading newspaper of Virginia City, Nevada, from 1862 to 1865. In February 1862 he began sending occasional satirical letters to the newspaper signed 'Josh,' and by the fall had secured a job as the city editor. He first used the name 'Mark Twain' shortly thereafter while still in Virginia City. A fascinating piece with Clemens confirming a generally unknown fact of his early writing career.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 462
Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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