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1899 Mark Twain Signed Note in Framed Display
Starting Bid - $300.00, Sold For - $580.00
One-page handwritten note signed by Samuel Clemens (1835-1910), American author and humorist. This brief missive, penned entirely in Clemens' hand, refers to one of his lesser known short stories that remained unpublished during his lifetime. The note, dated "Vienna, Apl. 5/99," reads: "Dear Miss Harrison: Please send 'Wapping Alice' to Mr. Walker, greatly obliged. Sincerely Yours SL Clemens." Both the text and signature have been boldly penned in black ink, grading "10". "Wapping Alice" was one of a number of short stories written by Clemens late in life that featured women in the role of the protagonist. The nature of those "female" stories was quite provocative at the time and a distinct departure from his normal fare. Many of the tales, including "Wapping Alice," dealt with both transvestitism and questions of gender identity. Clemens, of course, is best known today by his pen name, Mark Twain, with his most famous work, Huckleberry Finn, considered by many to be the first modern American novel. The note (5.5 x 3 inches) displays a few small tears, including some paper loss along the periphery areas, which do not adversely affect the quality of the text or its overall presentation. Beautifully mounted and framed together with a large color copy of the December 20, 1968 Life magazine cover featuring a portrait of Clemens. Total dimensions: 20 x 28 inches. LOA from Steve Grad & John Reznikoff/PSA DNA. Reserve $300. Estimate $500/$1,000. SOLD FOR $580.00
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