By Paul Fatout
Initially released in 1976 and reissued in 2006 after a long time out of print, Mark Twain conversing assembles Twain's lectures, after-dinner speeches, and interviews from 1864 to 1909. Explanatory notes describe events, determine personalities, and talk about concepts of Twain's oral craftsmanship. A chronology directory date, position, and name of speech or form of engagement completes the gathering.
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Initially released in 1976 and reissued in 2006 after decades out of print, Mark Twain talking assembles Twain's lectures, after-dinner speeches, and interviews from 1864 to 1909. Explanatory notes describe events, determine personalities, and speak about options of Twain's oral craftsmanship.
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We could not presume to take a step like this, did we not know well that the words we speak here, and the sentiments wherewith they are freighted, are but the reflex of the thoughts and feelings of all our MARK TWAIN SPEAKING 19 countrymen, from the green hills of New England to the shores of the far Pacific. We are few in number, but we utter the voice of a nation! One of the brightest pages that has graced the world's history since written history had birth, was recorded by your Majesty's hand when it loosed the bonds of twenty million serfs; and Americans can but esteem it a privilege to do honor to a ruler who has wrought so great a deed.
Your labors finished, you are now about to leave us tomorrow for your old home across the seas, and we are here to bid you God speed and a safe voyage. In the name of Winnemucca, War Chief of the Pi-Utes; SiouxSioux, Chief of the Washoes; Buckskin Joe, Chief of the Pitt Rivers; Buffalo Jim, Chief of the Bannocks; Washakee, Grand Chief of the Shoshones; and further, in the names of the lordly chiefs of all the swarthy tribes that breathe the free air of the hills and plains of the Pacific Coast, I salute you.
The lesson that was taught us then, we have profited by, and are free in truth, today, even as we were before in name. America owes much to Russia-is indebted to her in many ways-and chiefly for her unwavering friendship in seasons of our greatest need. That that friendship may still be hers in times to come, we confidently pray; that she is and will be grateful to Russia and to her sovereign for it, we know full well; that she will ever forfeit it by any premeditated, unjust act, or unfair course, it were treason to believe.
Mark Twain Speaking by Paul Fatout