Academic journal article Mark Twain Journal

Mark Twain on Potholes and Politics: Letters to the Editor

Academic journal article Mark Twain Journal

Mark Twain on Potholes and Politics: Letters to the Editor

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Mark Twain on Potholes and Politics: Letters to the Editor, ed. Gary Scharnhorst. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 2014. 208 pp. Index. Cloth.

Gary Scharnhorst has retrieved 101 examples of opinionative letters and columns that Mark Twain either sent or planned to send to various newspaper and magazine editors throughout his long career. Here is Twain in high form, characteristically indignant about the state of human affairs both generally and specifically. Many of them will be new even to students of Mark Twain. Defending the choice of New York City as the site for the tomb of President Ulysses G. Grant against those who were arguing for Washington, D. C., Twain proclaimed that "as long as American civilization lasts New York will last.. .. Twenty centuries from now New York will still be New York, still a vast city, and the most notable object in it will still be the tomb and monument of Gen. …

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