Life on the Mississippi, 1883 (London, England edition)
Another book from our Hoag Mark Twain Collection. We just had a patron question about mid-1880s steamboat travel on the Mississippi between New Orleans and St. Paul. This has some interesting information about the state of steamboat travel in the 1880s and the increased competition with railroads.
The book covers the early history of the river and has some stories from Twain’s youth. The latter half of the book details a trip on the river later in his life where he sees a steamboat named after him and pictured above.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 1885
This book is from our Hoag Mark Twain Collection. In 1885 Mark Twain did a book tour with fellow author George Cable to promote his new book. Ezra Pabody remembers attending Mark Twain’s January 24, 1885 appearance in Minneapolis in this recollection.
Pabody’s recollection has much more depth than his journal entry for that day:
Saturday January 24 I was quite hoarse this morning when I got up but it soon passed away. I changed the water in my aquarium this morning and fed the fish. Then I began to draw a dial for the parlor clock. At two oclock Aunt Myra and I went to hear Mark Twain and George Cable at the grand opera house. I thawed out the water pipes in Mr. Harringtons this evening. I finished the clock dial and put it on this eve Quite mild today. Fifteen above in morning.