Submitted by scott on Fri, 09/02/2022 - 09:07

October – Sam inscribed an aphorism in a copy of P&P to an unidentified person: “On the whole it is better to deserve honors & not have them, than have them & not deserve them. / Truly Yours / Mark Twain / Oct/06” [MTP].

Sam also sent a signed aphorism on an octavo sheet to an unidentified person: “Taking the pledge will not make bad liquor good, but will improve it” [MTP].

Spectator published an anonymous review of Eve’s Diary, p. 393-4. Tenney: “ ‘The modern American girl belonging to the monied class is the youngest, and perhaps the prettiest, of Eve’s daughters. The American humorist thinks her like her prototype in the Garden of Eden.’ MT depicts a materialistic Adam and an Eve who is more sensitive, but whose ‘love of beauty is half of it love of possession.’ ‘They are both the offspring of their surroundings, the children of a Pecuniary Paradise,—a lawless pair, whose ultimate fate may be prophesied from precedent’” [“A Reference Guide Second Annual Supplement,” American Literary Realism, Autumn 1978 p. 173].

Current Literature ran an anonymous article “Mark Twain’s Life of Samuel L. Clemens” [Tenney 42].


Day By Day Acknowledgment

Mark Twain Day By Day was originally a print reference, meticulously created by David Fears, who has generously made this work available, via the Center for Mark Twain Studies, as a digital edition.