Mark Twain’s signatures, autographs, and signed letters are among the most popular of all American personalities. Fortunately for admirers, fans, and collectors, Mark Twain autographs, signatures, and signed letters were coveted from the time people first knew of him through his writings. Samuel L. Clemens, the real name of Mark Twain, was an extremely popular writer and lecturer, and contemporaries prized his autographs, whether a signature on a card sent through the mail or one obtained in person. Everyone knew his name, and everyone prized and saved his autographs.
Mark Twain grew up on the Mississippi River, and his experiences later provided the inspiration for “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” and “Life on the Mississippi.” He went west in 1861, and his travels became the inspiration for “Roughing It,” and also “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.” Twain’s trip took him to Virginia City, where he briefly worked as a miner before finding work writing for the Territorial Express newspaper. It was while writing for the newspaper that he first used the name Mark Twain. The following year, he moved to San Francisco and continued to work as a journalist. Twain discovered his talent for chronicling his travels, and after a visit to Hawaii, he was sent on a European trip, which became the basis of “Innocents Abroad.”
Mark Twain’s Signed Letters
Mark Twain’s signed letters have been aggressively collected by American institutional libraries for most of the 20th century, and by specialized private collectors in recent decades. Nevertheless, interesting and important Mark Twain letters are available at times and always create a lot of interest among collectors.
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