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Mark Twain's Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers, 1893-1909

Mark Twain's Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers, 1893-1909

Edited with an Introduction by Lewis Leary
Copyright Date: 1969
Edition: 1
Pages: 786
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    Mark Twain's Correspondence with Henry Huttleston Rogers, 1893-1909
    Book Description:

    Mark Twain's correspondence.

    eISBN: 978-0-520-90506-1
    Subjects: Language & Literature

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-iv)
  2. Editor’s Preface
    (pp. v-xii)
  3. Table of Contents
    (pp. xiii-xiv)
  4. Abbreviations
    (pp. xv-xviii)
    (pp. 1-9)

    A later generation may not recognize Henry Huttleston Rogers as instantly as Clemens’s generation did. The magnitude of his wealth, the ruthlessness with which he was said to have gained and controlled it, and his occasional benefactions were envied, feared, or applauded by his contemporaries. But he was among the last of his kind: “the astonishing career of Mr. Rogers,” explained an editorial in the New YorkTimeson the day after his death on 19 May 1909, “can never be repeated in this country.”¹ It was the familiar pattern of Benjamin Franklin’s or Abraham Lincoln’s life story, and Samuel...

  6. I “Fussing with Business” (DECEMBER 1893-FEBRUARY 1895)
    (pp. 10-131)

    When Samuel Clemens arrived in New York from Europe on 7 September 1893, he was miserable with a cold and apprehensive about his financial future. To cure the cold, he “went to bed before dark and drank almost a whole bottle of whisky, and got up perfectly well” the next morning (SLC to Clara Clemens, 10 September 1893, TS in MTP). But the apprehension was not so easily done away with. The country was gripped by the Panic of 1893, and the development of the Paige typesetting machine, in which Clemens had invested many thousands of dollars during the past...

  7. II “As Long as the Promise Must Be Made” (MARCH 1895-AUGUST 1896)
    (pp. 132-230)

    On 23 February 1895 Clemens left Southampton on the SSNew York,bound again for the United States. His errand was twofold: to arrange for publication ofPersonal Recollections of Joan of Arc,and to consider a plan for a uniform edition of his works.Joan of Arcwas not difficult to sell, although Mark Twain insisted it be published anonymously for fear that association with his name would prevent readers from taking the work seriously. It was taken up at once as a serial forHarper’s Magazine.A penalty, in the form of an increase in the author’s royalties,...

  8. III “Our Unspeakable Disaster” (AUGUST 1896-JULY 1897)
    (pp. 231-291)

    Susy Clemens’s death from meningitis on 18 August 1896 put an end to immediate plans for further lecturing. The Clemenses hid themselves for a year in London, seeing few people. Clara had her piano, Jean her horseback riding, and Mrs. Clemens her modest household duties; Clemens himself was determinedly at work finishing his account of the world tour. He continued to worry about the settlement of the Webster business affairs and about publication of the uniform edition of his writings. He was often physically ill, but he was ill in spirit also, discouraged and dejected. Though he wrote in detail...

  9. IV “You and I Are a Team” (JULY 1897-MAY 1899)
    (pp. 292-396)

    After the better part of a summer in the village of Weggis on Lake Lucerne, the Clemens family went by way of Salzburg to Vienna in September 1897. There they spent the winter at the Hotel Metropole, still attempting to economize in every way they could. The gloom which had settled over them after Susy’s death was slowly lifting, the debts of Charles L. Webster & Company were soon to be paid in full, and Rogers was patiently working out a satisfactory contract between Harper & Brothers and the American Publishing Company. But there was still, Clemens wrote to Laurence...

  10. [Illustrations]
    (pp. None)
  11. V “This Everlasting Exile” (JUNE 1899-AUGUST 1900)
    (pp. 397-450)

    An attempt to find a cure for Jean’s illness, which had been diagnosed as epilepsy, was responsible for keeping the Clemens family abroad longer than any of them wished. They spent more than a year in Sanna, Sweden, and in London, while Jean received osteopathic treatment, which Clemens was sure could also cure the illnesses of the entire family. But they all grew increasingly homesick. “Why, hang it, we haven’t seen a home-face for generations,” Clemens wrote Laurence Hutton. “I suppose Mr. Rogers is old and fat and wearing a wig, now, and dyeing his moustache, but I hope not....

  12. VI “This Odious Swindle” (OCTOBER 1900-JUNE 1904)
    (pp. 451-572)

    Returning to New York on 15 October 1900, Clemens was caught in wave upon wave of public and private greeting. His days and his evenings were filled with visitors, luncheons, dinners, speeches. He and his family moved into a furnished house at 14 West Tenth Street, where they remained until 21 June 1901, when they went for the summer to a cabin on Saranac Lake in upper New York State. Upon their return to the city in the autumn, they rented a large house at Riverdale-on-the-Hudson. On 24 June 1902 Rogers took the Clemenses by yacht to York Harbor, Maine,...

  13. VII “Nothing Agrees with Me” (JULY 1904-MARCH 1908)
    (pp. 573-645)

    After the funeral in Elmira, Clemens and his daughters spent the remainder of the summer of 1904 in a cottage on Richard Watson Gilder’s “Four Brooks Farm” in the Berkshire Mountains near Lee, Massachusetts. “Mark, in our cottage next door,” wrote Gilder, “is most grim and unhappy, but full of life and abounding in scorn of a mismanaged universe” (Letters of Richard Watson Gilder,ed. Rosamond Gilder [Boston and New York, 1916], p. 362). After a brief visit to Elmira in the autumn, Clemens returned to New York, where he stayed at the Hotel Grosvenor while a house at 21...

  14. VIII “I Wish Henry Rogers Would Come Here” (JUNE 1908-MAY 1909)
    (pp. 646-664)

    The New house in Redding was exactly right: Clemens wrote in the guest book which Mary Rogers had given him that he had come there only “to spend the summer, but I shan’t go away any more.” After seventeen footloose years, he had a place to stay and to entertain people. By the time he had been there a year, almost two hundred guests had come and gone, including two burglars. Many of the guests were young. The Harry Rogerses motored up, as did the Goes; Beatrice Benjamin came with her father to present her financé, Alexander D. B. Pratt,...

  15. Afterword
    (pp. 665-666)

    How to memorialize Henry Rogers and his goodness remained for Clemens a conscience-rending problem. Andrew Carnegie wrote from Italy on 22 May that, upon hearing of Rogers’s death, “my heart went out to you knowing that of all his friends you would miss him most—I have admired him for what he did for you and you for your devotion to him. . . . his memory will be kept green in your heart and I doubt not history will do him justice because you will take care to record him as your friend in need, showing the real man”...

  16. Appendixes

    • APPENDIX A Agreement of 23 May 1895 between Mrs. Olivia L. Clemens and Harper & Brothers
      (pp. 671-677)
    • APPENDIX B Agreement of 31 December 1896 between Harper & Brothers, the American Publishing Company, and Mrs. Olivia L. Clemens
      (pp. 678-681)
    • APPENDIX C Agreement of 31 December 1896 between Olivia L. Clemens and Samuel L. Clemens, the American Publishing Company, Samuel L. Clemens, and Charles Dudley Warner
      (pp. 682-687)
    • APPENDIX D Supplement of 11 November 1898 to Agreement of 31 December 1896 between Harper & Brothers, the American Publishing Company, and, Mrs. Olivia L. Clemens
      (pp. 688-690)
    • APPENDIX E Agreement of 22 October 1903 between Harper & Brothers, and Samuel L. Clemens and Olivia L. Clemens
      (pp. 691-699)
    • APPENDIX F Agreement of 23 October 1903 between the American Publishing Company, Harper & Brothers, and Samuel L. Clemens and Olivia L. Clemens
      (pp. 700-708)
    • APPENDIX G A Tribute to Henry H. Rogers (1902) by Samuel L. Clemens
      (pp. 709-711)
  17. A Calendar of Letters
    (pp. 712-734)
  18. Biographical Directory
    (pp. 735-745)
  19. Genealogical Charts
    (pp. 746-748)
  20. Index
    (pp. 749-768)