A Lifetime with Mark Twain: The Memories of Katy Leary, for Thirty Years His Faithful and Devoted Servant

A Lifetime with Mark Twain: The Memories of Katy Leary, for Thirty Years His Faithful and Devoted Servant

A Lifetime with Mark Twain: The Memories of Katy Leary, for Thirty Years His Faithful and Devoted Servant

A Lifetime with Mark Twain: The Memories of Katy Leary, for Thirty Years His Faithful and Devoted Servant

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From the very beginning of my intimacy in the Clemens household, the doings of that delightful family were an everlasting joy to me.

In that House of Enchantment -- for so it always seemed -- besides the magic figure of Mark Twain, the gentle presence of Mrs. Clemens and those three diverting children, Susy, Clara, and Jean, was another figure: the unique figure of Katy Leary, for more than thirty years their faithful and devoted servant.

Katy Leary, whose quaint sayings and philosophies and funny stories of the family happenings bubbled up like the Fountain of Life, and were an unfailing source of delight to all who heard them. Long before it actually grew into a resolve, the idea was often vividly in my mind that Katy's inimitable story of Mark Twain and his daily thrilling adventures was something to reckon with -- something to treasure.

What a romance it was! How unlike anything else! One glimpsed another world -- one breathed a better air. It was something too precious to be lost. Something must be done about it. I felt sure, even then, that that eager, devoted public of Mark Twain's would love it as much as I did. Some day, somehow, it must be written. And . . .

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