Mark Twain's Letters, 1876-1880: Volume 3, 1878 by Mark Twain Project PDF

Mark Twain's Letters, 1876-1880: Volume 3, 1878 by Mark Twain Project PDF

By Mark Twain Project

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Volume three: 1878
Edited by way of the
Mark Twain Project
Published for the
University of California Press
by the
Mark Twain undertaking of The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California

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It comes mainly of business responsibilities & annoyances, & the persecution's of kindly letters from well-meaning strangers—to whom I must be rudely silent or else put in the biggest half of my time bothering over answers. There are other things, also, that help to consume my time & defeat my projects. Well, the consequence is, I cannot write a book at home. This cuts my income down. Therefore, I have about made up my mind to take my tribe & fly to some little corner of Europe & budge no more until I shall have completed one of the half dozen books that lie begun, up stairs.

Now if you folks can by any possibility snatch a few days & run down here before March 25,—any time—one date as good as another for us—we shall be ever so grateful. It seems mean to ask this concession of you when we stand so largely in your debt on visiting account, but you know this is a pretty big concern to tear up, disband & put in order for a year or two’s absence, so I doubt if the month before us is any more time than necessary for the madam to accomplish it in. I could go to  My own affairs require a little attention from day to day, too, since I must leave them as straight as I ca=nm '.

Everybody would say you the ideas were Verne’s & nothing but the expansion & elaboration of them yours. You are poaching upon Verne’s peculiar preserve, anyway, in writing this sort of story. That is plenty far enough to go—it cannot be wise to meddle with any idea or situation of his. Why don’t you find Verne himself down there? Why don’t you handle your gorilla for all he is worth & when you have good the =got the= good of him, let the reader discover that it is Verne in disguise. I think the world has suffered so much from that French idiot that they could enjoy seeing him burlesqued——but I doubt if they want to see him imitated.

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