Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s Letter to Walt Whitman on his 70th Birthday


May 31, 1889, Walt Whitman’s seventieth birthday, occasioned a celebration of the poet in his hometown of Camden, New Jersey, with a several course dinner called “The Feast of Reason” followed by a program called “The Flow of Soul,” a succession of testimonial speeches and readings by prominent politicians and … Continue reading

1906 San Francisco Earthquake
[Text] Mark Twain’s Emotional Reaction to the 1906 Earthquake

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21 Fifth Avenue April 30. Dear Robert: I keep thinking about that picture – I cannot get it out of my mind. I think – no, I know – that it is the most moving, the most eloquent, the most profoundly pathetic picture I have ever seen. It wrings the … Continue reading