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    Mark Twain's Letters: 1870-1871 v. 4 (Mark Twain's Letters) (Hardback) By (author) Mark Twain, Volume editor Victor Fischer, Volume editor Etc., Edited by Michael B. Frank, Edited by Lin Salamo

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    Description'You ought to see Livy & me, now-a-days - you never saw such a serenely satisfied couple of doves in all your life. I spent Jan 1, 2, 3 & 5 there & left at 8 last night. With my vile temper & variable moods, it seems an incomprehensible miracle that we two have been right together in the same house half the time for a year & a half, & yet have never had a cross word, or a lover's 'tiff,' or a pouting spell, or a misunderstanding, or the faintest shadow of a jealous suspicion. Now isn't that absolutely wonderful? Could I have had such an experience with any other girl on earth? I am perfectly certain I could not...We are to be married on Feb. 2d'. So begins Volume 4 of the letters, with Samuel Clemens anticipating his wedding to Olivia L. Langdon. The 338 letters in this volume document the first two years of a loving marriage that would last more than thirty years. They recount, in Clemens' own inimitable voice, a tumultuous time: a growing international fame, the birth of a sickly first child, and the near-fatal illness of his wife. At the beginning of 1870, fresh from the success of "The Innocents Abroad", Clemens is on 'the long agony' of a lecture tour and planning to settle in Buffalo as editor of the "Express". By the end of 1871, he has moved to Hartford and is again on tour, anticipating the publication of "Roughing It" and the birth of his second child. The intervening letters show Clemens bursting with literary ideas, business schemes, and inventions, and they show him erupting with frustration, anger, and grief, but more often with dazzling humor and surprising self-revelation. In addition to "Roughing It", Clemens wrote some enduringly popular short pieces during this period, but he saved some of his best writing for private letters, many of which are published here for the first time.


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    Title
    Mark Twain's Letters: 1870-1871 v. 4
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Mark Twain, Volume editor Victor Fischer, Volume editor Etc., Edited by Michael B. Frank, Edited by Lin Salamo
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 850
    Width: 163 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 57 mm
    Weight: 1,257 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520203600
    ISBN 10: 0520203607
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    BIC subject category V2: DSBF, DSK
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2ABM
    BIC subject category V2: BGA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JH
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11600
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5A
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    Ingram Subject Code: BA
    Libri: I-BA
    DC22: B
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Continuations: 06
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    DC22: 818/.409
    B&T Approval Code: C26108720
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO000000
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 818.409
    BIC subject category V2: 3JH, 2ABM
    LC classification: PS1331.A4, PS1331 .A4 1987
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: DSK, DSBF, DNBA
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    27 December 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Victor Fischer, Michael B. Frank, and Lin Salamo are editors with the Mark Twain Project at The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
    Review quote
    "an absorbing and accurate picture of one of the great American humorists of the 19th century."--Zel Levin, "Cape Codder